Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew). Maximum capacity: 25 places.
A gardening course for keen amateurs to improve their knowledge of planting and maintaining plants in their garden.
You'll learn about the essential conditions to ensure good growth, followed by a lecture and demonstration on soil preparation before planting. You’ll be given hints and tips on selecting plants, and how and when to plant trees, shrubs and herbaceous species.
In the second part of the course you'll explore how to maintain established plants in the garden. Pruning, feeding and identifying pest and diseases will all be covered.
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.