Planning Planting

Does the planting in your garden run out of steam half-way through the season? Designing a garden full of plants that look attractive all year requires some forward planning. On this day long workshop we share the key tips and techniques that professionals use to keep gardens looking great all year round. We focus in particular on herbaceous perennials, the flowers that we rely on for months of colour in the border. At the end of the day, you will have completed your first planting plan and learned a straightforward method for doing the same thing for your own garden. A well worked out planting plan will save you money, no more expensive mistakes, and gives you the joy of a flower-filled border for most of the year.

This workshop is run in a choice of venues and your ticket includes entry to either Bowood’s grounds or Westonbirt Arboretum so you can spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the attractions. Bowood is a grade 1 listed Georgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the most diverse and beautiful botanical collections in the world. The Walled Garden at Mells is a hidden gem and is found in the heart of this pretty Somerset village and offers many good walks nearby.

Plus. as an absolute treat for anyone who loves touring  gardens, we have included your own guided tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s private walled gardens to the Bowood workshop. Only booked tours are given access to this 4 acre walled garden which is remarkable for its ornamental planting and includes a fabulous double herbaceous border. Combined with a delicious lunch this makes a wonderful day out.

DATE & VENUE: 2021 dates to be announced later in the year The Gardeners Bothy, Bowood House, Wilts, SN11 9PQ

TIME: 10:00- 4.30   COST: £120

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Lunch, tea/coffee plus your own drawing kit. Plus an exclusive guided tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s private Walled Gardens, which are not open to the public. You will take home a course handout and your own planting plan.

DATE & VENUE: 2021 dates to be announced later this year ,  Westonbirt, GL8 8QS

TIME: 10:00- 4.00 COST: £95

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Lunch, tea/coffee and cake plus your own drawing kit. You will take home course handout and your own planting plan.




I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my day with you on Thursday learning about designing flower beds.  I am now back in Dorset and itching to get going on the designated flower bed!  I was lovely for me to be part of a small group and you explained things in such a way that it all made so much sense and was very easy to understand.  It was such a nice relaxed day and even the thunder and lightening did nothing to spoil it.  Considering I spent most of the day on my bottom drinking coffee and eating pizza I was absolutely wiped out that evening.  Must have been all that fresh air!

Jane from Shaftesbury


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