Gardens Illustrated masterclass
Sign up for Gardens Illustrated's Masterclass series 2022
This year's Gardens Illustrated's online masterclass series continues this year with three expert and exciting speakers, who are each offering an hour-long lecture on a topic of their choice.
This is your chance to hear from some of horticulture's most dynamic talent and to find out about their leading approaches to planting choices, seasonality, sustainability, gardening and health, and much more.
Tickets for this year’s talks now offer the chance to view on demand and can be seen up to four times as a recording; so you can make notes in your own time, go back and listen again – watch it at a time to suit you.
The 2022 series features head gardener Benjamin Pope, planting designer Nigel Dunnett and garden designer Juliet Sargeant. Below you'll find more details about each of our speakers and how to book.
Benjamin Pope biography
Having studied and worked in horticulture for the last 22 years, Benjamin is currently head gardener of a private estate in West Sussex, where he leads a team maintaining and developing the garden, whilst growing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the house.
He teaches at The English Gardening School and West Dean, and is a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee. Benjamin is also a Gardens Illustrated columnist and author of the upcoming book ‘What to Sow, Grow and Do’. His latest project is the creation of a new market garden.
Nigel Dunnett biography
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield and Director of Nigel Dunnett Studio. He is one of the world’s leading voices on planting design, and a pioneer of the new ecological approach to gardens and landscapes.
Nigel has authored and co-authored key books on planting design, water-sensitive design, urban rainwater management, green roofs, and urban landscape planting, including ‘Naturalistic Planting Design: The Essential Guide’ (Filbert Press) which won ‘European Garden Book of the Year, 2021. In 2020 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute in recognition of his contribution to sustainable urban greening and planting design and is a former Garden Club of America International Fellow.
Juliet Sargeant biography
Juliet Sargeant is a garden designer known for gardens that create a connection with nature. Her gardens are often as thought-provoking as they are beautiful. Having first trained as a medical doctor, she has always advocated the importance of landscape and gardening to health.
An RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, Juliet has won several accolades during her 25-year career, including The Society of Garden Designers Sustainable Garden Award. She is regularly asked to speak, write and comment on garden and design and is well known to Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time listeners and BBC Gardeners’ World viewers.
The speakers will be interviewed by Gardens Illustrated editor Stephanie Mahon
Stephanie Mahon is the Editor of Gardens Illustrated and a writer on garden and landscape design. Twice winner of the Garden Media Guild Journalist of the Year Award, she is has also written a book called 'Wild Gardens', published by HarperCollins.