Garden Makers Day

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Rosemary Alexander and The English Gardening School look forward to welcoming gardeners of all levels to their annual Garden Maker’s Day, to be held in November. Taking place in the Gallery and Café at the historic Chelsea Physic Garden

Thursday 14 November 2019

An exciting opportunity to learn from experts and a great event to look forward to before your Christmas celebrations.  A light lunch and refreshments are included, plus an opportunity to purchase signed books by our speakers.

Our Guest Speakers:   Sarah Wain & Jim Buckland ~  Rory Dusoir ~ Nigel Dunnett

PHOTO Sarah Wain Jim Buckland WEBSarah Wain trained and worked in horticulture in Australia. During the early 80s she worked under glass in the temperate section at RBG Kew propagating and attending the Australian, Temperate and Palm houses.  She also met Jim Buckland her future husband at Kew, who was a student at the same time. Since 1987 they have worked together creating a large private garden in Hampshire and from 1991 they have been creating and redeveloping the gardens at West Dean in West Sussex

Jim Buckland has been Gardens Manager at West Dean Gardens for the last 28 years responsible for initiating, overseeing and sustaining the redevelopment of the 100 acre site including the nineteenth century walled garden and glasshouse range. He is an honours graduate of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has managed historic, public and private gardens in both Australia and the UK and is a frequent lecturer and a regular contributor to gardening publications.

PHOTO Rory webRory Dusoir decided to pursue horticulture whilst studying for a classics degree at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked at Great Dixter as assistant head gardener and has also been head gardener at Howe Mill in Wiltshire and most recently Stud House in Kingston upon Thames. He has written on horticulture for the Daily Telegraph, RHS Garden Magazine and Gardens Illustrated and has also contributed to two books ‘Plant Users Handbook’ and ‘Roses: A Celebration’. His most recent writing venture has been in collaboration with Piet Oudolf – celebrating Piet’s landmark project at the Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Bruton, Somerset. In 2016, Rory set up a garden installation, consultancy and maintenance company ‘Kennedy Song Dusoir’ with two partners he met while studying at Kew.

PHOTO NIGEL DUNNETT WEBNigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield and is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to planting design.  He is a plantsman, designer and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces.  His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input but high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature.  In 2016 Nigel was appointed as an Ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society to spearhead their ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign and is a former Garden Club of America International Fellow.  Nigel has authored and co-authored key books on planting design, water-sensitive design and urban rainwater management (Nigel Dunnett on Planting (Filbert Press 2019).  In Spring 2019 his book: The Essential Guide to Naturalistic Planting Design will be published (Filbert Press).  He is a regular lecturer to audiences throughout the world and a gold medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.



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