Gardening for beginners

Develop green fingers whilst learning from the best in our one-day beginners course.

Camellia at Kew

Date and time

3 July 2024

10.30am to 4pm


Nash Conservatory, Kew Gardens

Maximum capacity

25 places


Member: £70

Non-member: £80

This one-day gardening course is aimed at keen amateurs who wish to improve their knowledge of growing and maintaining plants in their garden.

You’ll learn about the essential conditions that ensure good growth, with a talk and demonstration on how to prepare soil before planting.

Pick up hints and tips on selecting plants, and how and when to plant trees, shrubs and herbaceous species.

We will also cover maintaining plants in the garden including elements such as pruning, feeding and identifying pests and diseases.

In just one day you'll get the basics to start preparing your own beautiful garden.

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About the tutor

Christine Lavelle is a lecturer in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford, UK, and an external examiner for the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She trained at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave School of Practical Gardening and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Christine was assistant Head Gardener at Levens Hall topiary gardens in Kendal and Hardy Ornamentals Team leader at Askham Bryan College in York. Her main areas of work are in organic growing and wildlife gardening.

Together, Christine and her husband Michael Lavelle won the Garden Media Guild Practical Book of the Year Award in 2003 and 2008 for their books Organic Gardening and How to Create a Wildlife Garden (both published by Lorenz Books).