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 at 7.30pm

    The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro Jonathan Webster – RHS Rosemoor: The Seasonal Delights of a Plant-lovers’ Paradise

  • Lecture at 2.30pm

    Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin  Jonathan Webster – RHS Rosemoor: Seasonal Delights and Winter Wonders Having grown up on the Isle of Wight, Jonathan carried out his apprenticeship at Ventnor Botanic Garden and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. A private estate in Hampshire beckoned followed by RHS Garden Wisley where he worked for the woody plants collection and in plant trials. In 2005, Jonathan relocated to RHS Garden Rosemoor as Garden Manager and in 2010, became Garden Curator there.