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HOW TO GARDEN ‘GREENER’ – with Jenny Samuels


Wednesday 18th October 2023 | 9:30am - 3:00pm

HOW TO GARDEN ‘GREENER’ – with Jenny Samuels

Autumn is a transitional time in the garden. Whilst some plants are starting to die back, many are still in bloom, and this presents lots of opportunities for gardeners!

On our two day autumn practical gardening course you will learn how to create new plants from cuttings, how to collect and store seeds and how to choose and plant the best bulbs for your spring garden.

You will also expand your knowledge of plants, discuss the best plants to keep your garden blooming through the autumn months, as well as learning how to prepare your garden for winter.

Jenny teaches in small groups and it is informal and aims to be fun. We want you to learn a lot but also to enjoy your day, and meet other people with a passion for gardening with whom you can exchange and share knowledge.

We teach using greener gardening principles to minimise our own carbon footprint and to encourage biodiversity.

Subjects covered:

How to taking cuttings successfully. This includes semi-ripe cuttings, hardwood cuttings and root cutting.
Collecting and storing seeds.
How to choose and plant bulbs for different situations – borders, pots and naturalising in lawns
Extending the season – getting the best out of your garden through autumn and winter.
Preparing your garden for winter. What we can leave in place, what to cut back, and what to protect.
Complimentary drinks throughout the day
Soil testing of your own samples
Take-home cuttings, seeds and divisions, when available

Each day:
From 9.30am we will have the kettle on for a welcoming cuppa and biscuit, which will give time for everyone to arrive and get their gardening gear on.
In the morning, Jenny will start with an introduction to the subjects of the day, before heading out into the garden for hands-on gardening.
Our set-up is ‘rustic’ so bring warm clothes and a sandwich, soup-in-a-flask lunch for yourself.
During the day we will have tea breaks and biscuits in the afternoon to keep your sugar levels up.
As hardy gardeners, we will carry on through light rain and cold. We have a place to shelter in, but please be aware that dreadful weather may necessitate Jenny calling a halt to outdoor activities.
We will finish at 3pm.

This course is for:
People who want to get to know their gardens better.
If you are a beginner, this course will teach you lots of tips and techniques to use in your own garden.
If you are already experienced, this course will give you more in depth knowledge of specific gardening techniques.

Jenny’s approach to teaching gardening is influenced by a passion for greener gardening and a strong belief in working with your soil and climate rather than against it.
She loves the challenge of rejuvenating tired borders – making good what is there and introducing fresh planting combinations to breathe new life into a garden.

Owner of the Lindfield Gardening Company, Jenny has a wide range of experience including horticultural gardening, planting design and teaching gardening to enthusiastic beginners.
Her original degree was in biomedical science, before retraining in horticulture, and gaining an RHS diploma with Commendation. Jenny was then awarded a further certificate in field biology from Sussex University.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to teach this course at the wonderful Sussex Prairie Garden near Henfield, West Sussex.

Course dates:
Wednesday 27th September & Wednesday 18th October


Two-day ticket – £200
One-day ticket – £105

What Next?
Once you have booked, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking – please check your junk email folder if you do not hear from us.
About 2 weeks before the day of your course, you will receive another email from us, giving your directions and any joining instructions – again, please check your junk email folder if you do not hear from us.

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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful