Right plant, right place

Learn how to choose the perfect plants for your garden.

Flowers in the Rock Garden, Kew

Date and time

4 April 2023


Lady Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens

Entry via Jodrell Gate

Maximum capacity

25 places



£70 for Kew members

Plant selection for the garden can be tricky. 

This one-day course will give you lots of ideas and inspiration for plants that suit different situations and soil conditions, in both sunny and shady spots. 

Get inspiration for different planting combinations in the beautiful scenery of Kew, and learn how to match your garden environment to a plants’ needs to ensure a successful, healthy planting scheme.

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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).