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Gardens Illustrated Masterclass 2021 #2: Fergus Garrett

Details of the second in our series of Masterclass online events for 2021

Welcome to Gardens Illustrated Masterclass 2021: A series of three online expert lectures aimed at offering you an illuminating, entertaining and inspiring look into creating great gardens.


And the second of our lectures is with Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter.

Here’s the all details of our second event, taking place 28th April 2021, 6pm UK.

Gardens Illustrated Masterclass 2021:

“How to create dynamic border displays”

With Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter

Get top tips from Great Dixter to achieving long-lasting and easy success in your borders.

Head gardener Fergus Garrett has attained a reputation as of our most influential gardeners, driving forward Great Dixter as one of the world’s most iconic gardens. Great Dixter’s place in history is assured as the home of gardening great Christopher Lloyd and with Fergus at the helm it continues its experimental and exciting approach to best practice in all aspects of horticulture. There is much to admire and learn here.

Fergus's Masterclass will focus on how he and his team of gardeners and students create the magnificent border displays, revealing tried and tested tips that will help everyone achieve stunning results.


Length: 1 hour

Cost: £15

Season Pass Offer: Save 10% Get two Masterclasses for £27

Date: Wednesday 28th April 2021, 6pm UK

What will be covered

  • Seasonal tasks for spring – taking cuttings, planting out seedlings, forcing dahlias, soil preparation
  • How to construct a border - spacing, staking, concealing gaps, getting in to your border
  • Staggering your planting and getting more than one season of interest from your plant choices
  • Taking the pressure off spring – what you can do ahead of this busy growing season to ensure you’re ready
  • Considering biodiversity in your borders

Get your ticket here. And don't forget, when buying your ticket you can take advantage of our season pass offer and get 10% off – attend two 2021 masterclasses for just £27.

Find out more about our 2021 series of Masterclasses here.

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How it works

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with the details of the event which you can save into your calendar, and a link to join the masterclass. When the masterclass begins, click the link and you'll be put straight through to the event.

You will be reminded an hour before the masterclass starts, so you don't forget.

You can submit questions for Fergus during the event, which will be posed to him by Sorrel Everton, deputy editor of Gardens Illustrated.

Please try to make sure your WiFi is not being used for lots of streaming or other usage. Try to make sure your connection is as strong as possible to avoid any technical hitches.


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About Fergus Garrett

Fergus Garrett trained in horticulture at Wye College, London University. He worked in Kent for Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School, for Beth Chatto at the Unusual Plants Nursery in Essex and then for the Sackler family at Cap d’Antibes and Gstaad. In 1992 he became head gardener at Great Dixter, working closely with Christopher Lloyd until Christopher’s death in 2006. Since then he has become Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. Fergus works full-time, hands-on in the garden, as well as writing and lecturing extensively.


Daniel GriffithsDigital Editor

Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.


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