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Gardening through the Seasons 2024/2025

Gardening through the Seasons 2024/2025
Gardening through the Seasons 2024/2025

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 16, 2025, 4:00 PM

Upper Sydling House , Up Sydling, Dorchester DT2 9PH, UK

About the event

The 'Gardening through the Seasons' course will run over five days in 2024/2025 - during September, November, March, May and June - led by Troy Scott-Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst. Troy is one of the country's leading Head Gardeners and has worked at some of the finest gardens in England, including Sissinghurst, Bodnant, and Iford Manor to name a few.

The course, spread over the key gardening months, will inform and demonstrate how to have a very successful season in your garden. It will cover the various skills required in the garden, aswell as the tasks needing to be done at the time of the course day, along with practical demonstrations in the garden and the greenhouse. In addition, it will prepare you for what is coming up and allow you to be ahead by planning - such an important part of having a successful season in the garden!

With Troy’s expertise leading the course, you will learn new skills, be introduced to new plants, be given useful tips, aswell as being made aware of different types of equipment designed to save both time and energy in the garden. You can expect to learn the following, and more:

Propagating - Successional Sowing - Taking Cuttings - Lifting & Dividing - Planting  Bulbs - Pruning - Planting Analysis - Plant Editing - Feeding - Staking

A Word From Troy

"In this series of lectures, practical demonstrations and garden analysis, I will guide you through the course of a gardening year and share with you how to get the best from your garden year-round. We will uncover the secrets of pruning, demystify propagation, and discover the art of successional planting and border management. Each day will be packed with information all simply explained and illustrated, and you will come away with techniques and confidence to put into practice in your own garden."

The day will start with coffee on arrival, followed by a mixture of talks and demonstrations in the garden and the greenhouse, stopping for a much-needed lunch and finishing with tea and cake. Waterproof clothing and sensible shoes should be brought along to this course as we shall be outside in the garden aswell as indoors. Each course will run from 10am - 4pm (approx).

The course dates are: 

Monday, 16th September 2024 

Monday, 18th November 2024 

Monday, 3rd March 2025

Monday, 12th May 2025

Monday, 16th June 2025

Should you wish to book a place to give to a friend, we can send a personal gift voucher out to them.  Please email us if this is the case.

Please note that our workshops are non refundable so please make sure that you are able to attend on the specified date. However,  if Dorset Walled Garden has to postpone or cancel the event, then all monies will be refunded. We reserve the right to cancel this course if not enough places are booked onto the course .​


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