If you live in East Sussex and would like to improve your techniques for looking after your beds and borders this autumn, or are planning to plant new trees and shrubs during the winter, why not book yourself onto one of Joseph Ford’s Masterclasses at Great Park Farm just outside Battle. Joseph is RHS and Kew trained and his teaching is practical and hands on with opportunities for one-to-one guidance as well. The day runs from 10am-3pm, costs £75 and refreshments and lunch are included. Autumn Beds & Borders is taking place on 27th and 30th November and Tree & Large Shrub Planting on the 4th & 7th December. Call 07725250949 or book online now.
On 24th March Sarah Raven (in association with The Flower Council of Holland) will be demonstrating indoor bulb potting throughout the day at Perch Hill in a series of hour-long educational workshops that include Q&A sessions. Particular focus will be on five household favourites: Tulip, Hyacinth, Iris, Narcissi and Calla Lily. www.sarahraven.com
Charles Dowding (my new gardening god) is running a course on No-Dig Vegetables at Great Dixter on February 13th (£120 incl. refreshments and lunch). It is a practical one-day course on the theory and practice of this method and is bound to be hugely inspiring. It is also an opportunity to see Great Dixter when it is closed to visitors. If you can’t make it there, I can recommend reading the book about the course ‘Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course’ . I read it from cover to cover over a weekend and it is going to change the way I grow vegetables.