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Gardening for beginners

This one-day course is aimed at keen gardeners who want to improve their knowledge of growing and maintaining plants in their own garden. 12 September.

Event details

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 10.30 to 4.30pm
Kew Gardens

£70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 15 places.

Event overview

About the course

During this course, led by Christine Lavelle, you’ll learn about the essential conditions for good plant growth followed by a lecture and demonstration on soil preparation before planting. Advice will be given on plant selection and how and when to plant trees, shrubs and herbaceous species. The course will also cover the maintenance of established garden plants, looking at pruning, feeding and identifying pests and diseases.

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).

How to book

Please email with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

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