Dixter reader day 2019

Spring Reader Day at Great Dixter, 4 March 2019. SOLD OUT

Join Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett for a day learning how to prepare your garden for the year ahead - 4 March 2019.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. You can register to join the waiting list.


Great Dixter has been described as one of the most dynamic flower gardens in the world and as such has a great deal to teach gardeners and garden enthusiasts about the traditional techniques used to get such outstanding results.

With the magnificent gardens as the backdrop to your study day, head gardener Fergus Garrett will expertly guide you through the key tasks needed to be done at the start of the year to ensure your garden continues through to a flower-filled spring, summer and autumn.

This is a busy time of year and Fergus’s talk will look at planning and preparation, including creating a timetable, composting and soil preparation, weeding, thinning out of self-sowers, working off of boards, splitting, dividing and planting self-sowers, timing of seed sowing and pricking out, choosing annuals for adding to the display, plus Fergus will include a handy outline of when-and-how to prune. All in all this is a fantastic opportunity to learn best practice techniques from one of the country’s most highly regarded gardeners.

Along with Fergus’s talk, you’ll also enjoy a home-cooked lunch from Dixter’s vegetable gardener and cook Aaron Bertelsen and have the opportunity to visit Dixter’s Plant Nursery with a 10 per cent discount voucher.

Your tutor
Head gardener Fergus Garrett is an expert plantsman who gardened alongside Great Dixter’s owner Christopher Lloyd until his death in 2006. Fergus continues to garden in the same spirit of innovation and ensures that Great Dixter remains one of England’s finest gardens.

Date Monday 4 March 2019
Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
Tickets cost £110 and must be booked in advance*

Tickets and directions will be sent out prior to the event. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please advise us when booking of any dietary requirements or accessibility queries.

9.45am Arrival and coffee
10am Talk from Fergus Garrett in the Yeoman’s Hall, including a break for refreshments
12.45pm Lunch in the Great Hall
1.30pm Tour of the gardens
4pm Day closes with the chance to visit the plant nursery.

Don’t forget your 10% discount on plants for use on the day – you’ll receive a voucher along with your ticket.

Telephone UK 0871 230 7156† Overseas +44 115 896 0368

*A transaction fee applies to all bookings. †Calls to this number from a BT landline will cost no more than 13p per minute. Calls from mobiles and other providers may vary.


For more details about the day itself call Great Dixter on 01797 254048 or go to greatdixter.co.uk
Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH.