Masterclass With Noel Kingsbury: The Long Term Performance Of Perennials – 2 May 2019 – £60 + Processing Fee
The Long Term Performance of Perennials – Getting the Rabbit’s Eye View
- Participants will learn how to make simple observations of perennial growth forms, and link these to long-term performance issues: longevity, rate and degree of spread, levels of self-seeding and competitiveness.
- Participants will be able to make simple predictions of long-term plant performance.
How long will plants survive? Will they spread? Will they seed? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, primarily but not exclusively perennials, focusing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Practitioners can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for appropriate levels of maintenance and in particular to plan for the long-term – important for financial sustainability.
Integral to the day is to get participants thinking about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connects to the way we use them in gardens and landscapes. Encouraged to get down on hands and knees to get ‘the rabbit’s eye view’, close observation of plant growing habits and lifecycles through the year can greatly empower us as professionals.
Noel Kingsbury is an internationally known writer about plants, gardens and the environment and best known for his promotion of ‘ecological or naturalistic approach to planting design. He has written over 25 books on various aspects of plants and gardens, including four books in collaboration with Dutch Designer and Plantsman, Piet Oudolf. He also teaches and lectures and has written for Gardens Illustrated, The Daily Telegraph, The Garden, The New York Times and many other publications.
Visit www.gilliangoodson.com for full course information and booking details.
Will Innes-Taylor, Project Manager at Tim Wells Nurseries Ltd, explains why he arranged his own 3 Peaks Challenge fundraiser for Perennial:
“I have always wanted to raise money for those in need within my industry. I have often heard and witnessed the great work Perennial does and decided I wanted to help some raise money and increase awareness of the charity.
I chose the 3 peaks for two main reasons. It is not only a physically challenging event it is also mentally challenging. You are working your mind and body hard and in tough conditions, which I knew was something I would find rewarding! It is an excellent challenge to do with your friends as you really need each other to keep you going, keep you laughing and it’s a great experience to share.
The 3 peaks challenge was an amazing experience, thoroughly exhausting yes, but with a good team and with good fitness and raising money for an incredible charity it was without doubt the most rewarding challenge I have ever completed.”