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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'.
Perennials in Planting Design
Perennials in Their Habitat
Perennials Through The Year
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Meet Dr Noel Kingsbury
Kingsbury's garden writing is among the best you will find in the English language.
Noel Kingsbury is an international garden designer and writer on gardening, plant sciences and related topics. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design in gardens and designed landscapes (e.g. the 1996 publication of 'The New Perennial Garden', pub. Frances Lincoln, London), and his 25 year collaboration with Dutch garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf on books on planting design. He writes sometimes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated magazine and The Garden - the membership magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on green roof and related 'green architecture' technologies. In collaboration with Tim Richardson Kingsbury has edited Vista, the Culture and Politics of Gardens and co-chairs events at the Garden Museum in London under the title 'Vista'. He has worked with several notable garden photographers, such as Marianne Majerus and Andrea Jones.
Kingsbury earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2009, for a thesis on the Long term performance of ornamental herbaceous vegetation. He continues to research in this area.
Kingsbury has also written a history of plant breeding, Hybrid, The History and Science of Plant Breeding (2009).
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