Suitable for all abilities
Dr Noel Kingsbury is an internationally acclaimed writer, and a long-time collaborator with the renowned designer Piet Oudolf. On this course, he shares that wealth of experience. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to make the right plant selections and gain a solid understanding of the Oudolf approach.
Perennials have become the most popular garden plants, not just because of their beauty and the ease with which they can be grown, but because they are at the heart of a planting style which is more naturalistic, more sustainable, and often lower maintenance than many traditional garden styles. This course aims at helping you understand the connections between perennials as wild plants in their natural environment, and as garden plants, helping you select the right plants for your situation. We look at their long-term performance, and how they can be used alongside other garden plants.
Noel takes a broad look at a variety of contemporary approaches to using perennials, with a particular focus on naturalistic approaches. You will explore how to create planting schemes that suit the particular conditions of your garden, covering a wide range of temperate zone climates; for example if your soil is poor and fast draining, Noel will guide you through the basic principles of choosing plants which not only survive but flourish in these conditions. Noel will show you how it's done from first principles and outline how to make successful planting designs which combine structure, a long season of interest and support for bio-diversity and sustainability by reducing or eliminating irrigation and minimizing maintenance.
The course provides a particularly strong theoretical basis, but with plenty of plant variety tables provided for helping you choose plants.
You'll be suited to this course whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, or a landscaper or designer looking to hone your skills in the particular planting area of perennials. A one off opportunity to get personal tuition from a world expert in perennial planting. Remember, if you're a self-employed professional you can set these courses off against tax as 'Continued Professional Development'.