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Garden School Programme 2018

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It is easiest to book courses online but if you need to telephone,please call 01604 740219 on weekdays between 9am and 1pm. There is a 15% discount for individuals booking three or more courses when booked at the same time for the same person.

If a course is marked as 'Full' it is possible that extra places will become available due to cancellations. Please email us and we will let you know as soon as possible if space becomes available.
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Date
Subject
Lecturer
Places
March 2018
Places
Tue 6th
Practical Pruning
Susie Pasley-Tyler & Richard Green
Full

Practical Pruning

with Susie Pasley-Tyler & Richard Green

Tue 6th March
10:15am to 3:30pm

Pruning is a vital component of one’s gardening regimen each year and this is certainly true at Coton.  On this full day course the home team of Susie Pasley-Tyler and Richard Green will take us through the disciplines of pruning the vast array of shrubs, climbers and fruit trees in the garden explaining the timing and techniques applicable to each family of plants.  Much of the course will be held outside with practical demonstrations of how to tackle individual specimens as they guide you around the garden including the wisteria.

£90 includes lunch

Richard GreenSusie Pasley-TylerRichard Green has been gardening at Coton Manor for the past 37 years and is responsible for maintaining the garden to a very high standard.

Susie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton, over the past 27 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener.  She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience. 

Thu 8th
Practical Pruning (Additional date)
Susie Pasley-Tyler & Richard Green
Not Available

Practical Pruning (Additional date)

with Susie Pasley-Tyler & Richard Green

Thu 8th March
10:15am to 3:30pm

Pruning is a vital component of one’s gardening regimen each year and this is certainly true at Coton. On this full day course the home team of Susie Pasley-Tyler and Richard Green will take us through the disciplines of pruning the vast array of shrubs, climbers and fruit trees in the garden explaining the timing and techniques applicable to each family of plants. Much of the course will be held outside with practical demonstrations of how to tackle individual specimens as they guide you around the garden including the wisteria.

£90 includes lunch

Richard GreenSusie Pasley-TylerRichard Green has been gardening at Coton Manor for the past 37 years and is responsible for maintaining the garden to a very high standard.

Susie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton, over the past 27 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener.  She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience. 

April 2018
Places
Thu 5th
Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings
Caroline Tait
Full

Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings

with Caroline Tait

Thu 5th April
10:15am to 3:30pm

During this full day workshop Caroline Tait will explain the techniques for growing plants successfully from seed, and also by taking cuttings from the garden, which are the principal methods used to produce most of the plants for Coton’s nursery.  Caroline will give an illustrated talk and demonstration in the morning followed by a practical session for everyone in the Potting Shed during the afternoon. Apart from the pleasure of growing one’s own plants there can also be significant savings involved and many fewer visits to garden centres to stock up with plants.

£85 includes lunch

Caroline TaitCaroline Tait has managed the very successful nursery at Coton for more than twenty years developing it from modest beginnings to the current thriving business.  She has mastered all the skills of propagation and is a regular lecturer to garden clubs and societies both locally and further afield and is highly regarded as a teacher.

Tue 10th
Oil Painting 'plein-air' Demonstration
Penny German
Not Available

Oil Painting 'plein-air' Demonstration

with Penny German

Tue 10th April
10:15am to 1pm

Having visited Coton each month for the past year painting garden scenes as landscapes and still lifes, Penny now visits Coton to demonstrate her plein-air oil painting techniques. If you are a beginner or more experienced Penny will talk through her approach to this most 'connected' style of painting.

Please note in a change to our usual courses, the day will commence at 10am concluding at 12.30pm followed by a light lunch.

Garden entrance and 10% discount on plant sales are included as usual.

£40 includes light lunch

Penny GermanPenny German is an artist from Northamptonshire. For the past five years she has been producing a painting a day. These days she spends more time on larger paintings but still aims to produce small oil sketches as a regular discipline. Previously, she specialized in botanical illustration in watercolour, working on projects for the RHS and Oxford University Press. Ten years ago she discovered a love of oil painting and has since been working to capture the effects of light in still lifes and portraits.

Thu 12th
The Spring Garden
Anna Pavord
Full

The Spring Garden

with Anna Pavord

Thu 12th April
10:15am to 1pm

The emergence of spring provides those moments of magic with the banishment of the barren winter months and the promise of so much horticultural excitement to look forward to in the season ahead. Anna Pavord will discuss how to maximize one’s enjoyment of the garden at this time of year and focus on the major role of tulips, and other companion plants, to bring it to life with an abundance of colour and excitement in the early stages of the season.

£90 includes lunch

Anna PavordAnna Pavord was the gardening correspondent for The Independent and has also written for The Observer for over 20 years.  She is the author of several acclaimed gardening books none more so than her masterpiece on The Tulip.  For many years she was an Associate Editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine and also devotes much of her energy to developing her own garden.

May 2018
Places
Wed 23rd
The Creation of a Small Garden
Helen Yemm
Full

The Creation of a Small Garden

with Helen Yemm

Wed 23rd May
10:15am to 1pm

The establishment of a small garden can be an exciting challenge.  Helen Yemm has migrated over the years through gardens of diverse sizes but has now settled in one of modest dimensions and come to terms with its inevitable restrictions.  As a busy garden writer she is torn between the demands of work and the pleasure of gardening but has found that by making careful decisions about both layout and planting she has managed to prevent time constraints from cramping her ebullient cottage garden style. Helen’s description of how she tackles the challenge aims to be both a source of inspiration as well as providing down-to-earth practical advice.

£90 includes lunch

Helen YemmHelen Yemm is a garden consultant, lecturer, a role she has performed for many years, and broadcaster and is particularly well known as the Weekend Telegraph's gardening guru. Her regular column Thorny Problems grapples with a formidable range of horticultural issues. As a speaker she is as lively and stimulating as her writing suggests! She is the author of several well regarded gardening books.

Thu 31st
A Life in Ten Gardens
James Alexander-Sinclair
Not Available

A Life in Ten Gardens

with James Alexander-Sinclair

Thu 31st May
10:15am to 1pm

One of our most gifted and original garden designers James Alexander-Sinclair will share his experiences over a thirty year career in creating a vast range of gardens from which he has selected ten to focus on in this talk. These have been chosen for their special characteristics and diversity in terms of size, setting and structure. With his unrivalled expertise he will provide insights, advice and inspiration which will be useful to all participants drawn from the challenges in these varied gardens.

£90 includes lunch

James Alexander-SinclairJames Alexander-Sinclair is that rarity amongst garden designers in being an accomplished plantsman as well. After establishing a small practice in London he moved to the Midlands and now designs gardens all over the country with an impressive range of commissions of varied character.

June 2018
Places
Tue 19th
Planting Pots and Containers
Alan Gray
Full

Planting Pots and Containers

with Alan Gray

Tue 19th June
10:15am to 1pm

The Old Vicarage at East Ruston on the Norfolk coast is undoubtedly one of the outstanding horticultural achievements of recent years in the UK. From a blank canvas in 1973 Alan Gray, together with Graham Robeson, has established a garden of massive interest and planting ingenuity which should encourage us all by demonstrating what can be achieved over a relatively short period of time. Their crowning glory is the stunning range of pots they have developed in all shapes and sizes which decorate the exterior of the house. Alan Gray’s unrivalled expertise in planting and maintaining the pots throughout the season will be explained during his course together with suggestions about colour combinations, height, structure and choice of compost.

£90 includes lunch

Alan GrayAlan Gray has masterminded, together with Graham Robeson, the development of East Ruston over the past 30 years.  With only minimal gardening experience he has created the masterpiece of a garden which is now a huge project and attracts visitors from far and wide to see the finished article - or maybe there will be further expansion?

Wed 20th
The New Kitchen Garden
Mark Diacono
Not Available

The New Kitchen Garden

with Mark Diacono

Wed 20th June
10:15am to 1pm

Sales of vegetable seeds for the first time now outstrip flower seeds as more people discover the joys and health benefits of growing their own vegetables.  We are very fortunate that Mark Diacono, an acknowledged expert on the subject, with a background at River Cottage,  has agreed to come and lecture at Coton.  He will divide his course into two sessions as follows:

  • Choosing what to grow and creating a vegetable area to suit these selections which is the single most vital step in developing a successful edible garden and is one that almost everyone – the lecturer included – gets wrong to begin with!
  • The second session will introduce us to some less familiar flavours which Mark believes should deserve a place in any garden whatever the scale.  These will include herbs, spices and perennial vegetables such as Szechuan pepper, Carolina allspice, ginger rosemary, anise hyssop and much more.  He will also provide some ideas about how to make the best of them in the kitchen, including a cocktail taster or two!
£90 includes lunch

Mark Diacono is an award winning writer who runs the renowned Otter Farm in Devon where he grows unusual and forgotten foods on his climate change farm.  Mark is also an accomplished photographer and was previously head of the garden team at River Cottage.

Tue 26th
Dressing for the Occasion
Chris Marchant
Full

Dressing for the Occasion

with Chris Marchant

Tue 26th June
10:15am to 1pm

Chris Marchant will share a colourful menu of ideas to enable us to give the garden a valuable facelift perhaps in preparation for a seasonal occasion, be it a wedding, family party, seasonal garden opening or simply for personal enjoyment of your own garden space.  There will be many practical tips and suggestions to suit all budgets and levels of gardening skill.  The main message is to be creative and have fun with the garden and enjoy the rewarding experience.

£90 includes lunch

Chris Marchant is joint owner of Orchard Dene Nurseries, wholesale herbaceous specialists, who regularly supply some of the country's top professional designers.  The nursery has provided plants for numerous Gold Medal gardens at Chelsea including some designed by Piet Oudolf and Arne Maynard and other notable garden designers.

Wed 27th
Companion Planting with Roses
Susie Pasley-Tyler
Full

Companion Planting with Roses

with Susie Pasley-Tyler

Wed 27th June
10:15am to 1pm

Roses form an integral part of many English gardens.  They provide a wonderful range of colours, scents and flower shapes.  However, they can often be enhanced by judicious companion planting and Susie Pasley-Tyler will explain how she selects plants which will help to show them to advantage through the season.

£85 includes lunch

Susie Pasley-TylerSusie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton over the past 27 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener. She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience.

September 2018
Places
Wed 5th
Inspiration from Great Dixter
Fergus Garrett

Inspiration from Great Dixter

with Fergus Garrett

Wed 5th September
10:15am to 1pm

In recent years Great Dixter has seen many radical changes and pioneered fresh thinking about planting an essentially traditional English Garden.  Fergus Garrett will explain how his famed gardening partnership with Christopher Lloyd brought about striking changes to Dixter such as replacing the rose garden with exotic plants. Fergus will explain how he is continuing to develop Dixter’s inventive planting despite the loss of his mentor.  Many of these initiatives will be capable of application in one’s own garden.

£90 includes lunch

Fergus GarrettFergus Garrett has been head gardener at Great Dixter for more than twenty years and formed a celebrated gardening partnership with the late Christopher Lloyd. During this time many fascinating changes and experiments have taken place most of which have been chronicled in very regular articles in the gardening press.

Thu 6th
The Herbaceous Border Unpicked
Chris Beardshaw
Full

The Herbaceous Border Unpicked

with Chris Beardshaw

Thu 6th September
10:15am to 1pm

A masterful designer of herbaceous borders, Chris Beardshaw will examine their history, why they are so crucial to the layout of the overall garden and the planting combinations you can use.  He will discuss the differing styles of borders, and how they can be enhanced with the inclusion of woody and annual plants and share many inspirational examples of successful border designs he has overseen.

£95 includes lunch

Chris BeardshawChris Beardshaw is widely acclaimed for his broadcasting contributions on both TV and radio encompassing frequent appearances on Gardeners' Question Time and Gardeners' World. He is also highly regarded as a garden designer, author of several books and is a public speaker and lecturer. He also manages to run an active garden design practice and acts as a consultant for numerous garden projects both in the Uk and abroad.

Tue 11th
Autumn Propagation and Division
Caroline Tait
Full

Autumn Propagation and Division

with Caroline Tait

Tue 11th September
10:15am to 3:30pm

In the second of our propagation courses Caroline Tait will explain the importance of autumn sowing in order to produce bigger, healthier plants with more flowering potential for the next year and also emphasise that many seeds can actually benefit from the winter cold.  Caroline will also demonstrate propagation from root cuttings and techniques for taking hardwood cuttings, suitable for most shrubs and roses. As usual, a practical session follows in the Potting Shed where everyone will be able to participate in the propagation process and take some examples home.

£85 includes lunch

Caroline TaitCaroline Tait has managed the very successful nursery at Coton for more than twenty years developing it from modest beginnings to the current thriving business.  She has mastered all the skills of propagation and is a regular lecturer to garden clubs and societies both locally and further afield and is highly regarded as a teacher.

Tue 18th
Late Season Colour
Susie Pasley-Tyler
Full

Late Season Colour

with Susie Pasley-Tyler

Tue 18th September
10:15am to 1pm

Extending the season into late summer is often a priority for keen gardeners. Susie Pasley-Tyler with her long experience of sustaining a display of colour to the end of the season will discuss the logistics and intricacies of reserving space in crowded borders for late season plants. She will also focus on the many herbaceous plants which will provide blooms and interest during September and October including salvias, dahlias, cimcifugas, eupatorium, sedums, asters and many more.

£85 includes lunch

Susie Pasley-TylerSusie Pasley-Tyler has masterminded the development of the garden at Coton over the past 27 years and gained great experience as a practical 'hands-on' gardener. She now lectures regularly at the Garden School and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a wider audience.

Thu 20th
Distinctive Garden Design
Jinny Blom

Distinctive Garden Design

with Jinny Blom

Thu 20th September
10:15am to 1pm

In the course of creating more than two hundred gardens and landscapes Jinny Blom has encountered many different challenges and applied her own unique style to each individual project.  Jinny will trace the evolution of some of her recent commissions from the inception of the design through all the stages to completion, discussing along the way all the considerations, from the practical to the esoteric, that lend originality to her approach to contemporary gardens.

£90 includes lunch

Jinny BlomJinny Blom set up her landscape design practice in 2000 and has since accumulated a remarkable range of commissions in the UK, Europe, Africa and the USA.  Jinny is completely self-taught and she tailors her natural skills to suit the very varied commissions she receives ensuring each is given a unique and specific response.  In 2001 HRH the Prince of Wales chose Jinny to help co-design his Healing Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and she has since won gold twice for show gardens at Chelsea. Jinny is also an accomplished plantswoman, having studied plant habitats meticulously over the years.

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