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Great Dixter
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Great Dixter Gardens Illustrated reader day

Published: December 5, 2019 at 11:47 am

Join Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter’s gardener-cook, to learn the tips and techniques of successfully growing fruit and vegetables in pots

Pots and containers are the mainstay of many gardens when it comes to flower displays or potted herbs near the kitchen door. But with a little planning, you can grow a feast of kitchen garden crops from fruit, such as blueberries, to exotic vegetables, such as aubergines all in pots and all within a confined space – be it a small courtyard or a compact balcony.


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Great Dixter’s gardener-cook, Aaron Bertelsen has refined what he grows in a whole selection of containers and is now passing on his experience in a Gardens Illustrated reader day at Great Dixter on 23 March 2020, which will coincide with the publication of his latest book Growing Fruit & Vegetables in Pots (published by Phaidon). On the day you’ll learn more about what crops to best grow in pots and tips on cultivation, harvesting and cooking.

Great Dixter
© Andrew Montgomery

Whether you are new to grow-your-own and keen to try some different ideas, or a more experienced grower interested to expand the selection of crops you grow to maximise on space, you’ll find the day informative and inspiring.

Following his workshop, Aaron will serve you a home-cooked lunch, making the most of early season pickings. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour Great Dixter’s world-famous gardens just as spring emerges into full glory, and buy plants from the nursery at a 10 per cent discount. Aaron will have copies of Growing Fruit & Vegetables in Pots to sign and sell to guests on the day.

Event details

Price £85 per person
Date Monday 23 March, 2020.
Venue Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH.


10am Arrival and coffee
10.30am Talk with Aaron Bertelsen on growing in pots
12 noon Lunch in the Great Hall
1.30pm Guided tours of Great Dixter gardens
2.45pm Book signing and book sales
3pm Opportunity to visit the Plant Nursery with 10% discount on plants

Tickets and directions will be sent out prior to the event.

Places are limited so booking is essential

Please advise us of any dietary requirements or accessibility queries when booking.

Tel 0871 230 7156

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images by andrew montgomery from growing fruit & vegetables in pots by aaron bertelsen (phaidon).


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