Great Dixter’s head gardener reveals the secrets of its horticultural heritage

Our November lectures will be delivered by Fergus Garrett.

Appointed by Christopher Lloyd in 1993 as Head Gardener of Great Dixter in East Sussex, Fergus continues to keep the garden constantly changing throughout the season by trying out new plants and plant combinations. He believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student and volunteer programmes at Dixter, and through the lectures he gives across the world every year.

Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants that are native to Turkey.

In 2008, he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Associate of Honour and in 2015, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practice of horticulture.

Great Dixter: Past, Present and Future will be his subject on Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro, whilst Succession Planting will be his focus on Wednesday 14th November at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend to find out more about the Society and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will be on hand to tempt attendees with high quality plants for sale.

The CGS is a charity that exists to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches; share knowledge about gardening and Cornwall’s rich garden heritage, and conserve the county’s natural environment. The Society is affiliated to the RHS and its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture -Saul Walker – Stonelands House: A Year in the Life of this Wonderful Secret Garden

    Saul Walker fell in love with gardening as a result of his grandparents’ passion for visiting historic houses and gardens. 

    After a brief spell as an archaeologist, he trained as a gardener for the National Trust at Antony House in Cornwall. 

    After completing the Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture, Saul travelled to Australia, Southern Spain and the French Riviera to study and work in internationally-renowned gardens. 

    Following that, he became Show Manager for RHS Chelsea. 

    Unable to resist the call back to his native Devon, Saul was appointed Head Gardener of Stonelands House. His special interest is in woodland gardens

    Join Saul for this lecture via Zoom on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30pm.

  • Lecture - Juliet Sargeant – Modern Slavery Garden

    Juliet’s previous career in medicine informs her unique approach to designing gardens and communicating the importance of landscape to our wellbeing. She believes that access to good quality green space is a priority for healthy living and happy communities, especially in cities.

    In 2016, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for RHS Chelsea – its first social campaign garden – for which she was awarded a Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Prize.

    Fellowships of The Society of Garden Designers and The Landscape Institute followed in 2017 and 2020.

    Juliet has been celebrated as a role model in the BAME community at the GG2 Leadership Awards and presents on BBC Gardeners’ World and Channel 4’s Village of the Year.

    At her Sussex Garden School, she teaches design and planting to gardening enthusiasts.

    Join Juliet on Zoom on Tuesday 9th March at 7:30pm