Talks

Principles and Pitfalls of New Border Design
or Designing a Border from Scratch Part I

This Talk is the first of a series of three. Each Talk has a slightly different focus and is packed with enough information to stand on its own.

Part I is less 'Right Plant, Right Place' and more Design and Planning advice; i.e. what you need to think about before making specific plant choices. It is a short course in how to plan for a beautiful mixed border with some tips and some warnings of common pitfalls to look out for along the way.

"Lucy’s talk was both inspirational and thought-provoking but above all practical on all levels as it covered many aspects of the process of designing a border from scratch. There was plenty of wisdom drawn upon and conveyed through the slides and conversation together with an excellent working knowledge of plants. Highly recommended."   Chris Day, Buckingham Nurseries Garden Club

In Search of a Low Maintenance Border
or Designing a Border from Scratch Part II

This Talk is the second of a series of three.  Each Talk has a slightly different focus and is packed with enough information to stand on its own.

Part II starts with a very brief recap of the Design Principles covered in Part I, then moves on to look at techniques and alternatives to the traditional Mixed Border which seek to reduce the need for maintenance.  Practical details of ground preparation and planting are covered alongside case studies with more Designer tips and warnings of common pitfalls.

It is still not quite 'Right Plant, Right Place' but more about grouping and choosing plants by their strengths and limitations.

 

Plant Choices and Combinations for a Year Round Border
or Designing a Border from Scratch Part III

This Talk is the third of a series of three. Each Talk has a slightly different focus and is packed with enough information to stand on its own.

Part III starts with a brief recap of Part I and Part II.  Elements of 'Right Plant, Right Place' are now covered as we look at recommended plants for different aspects, good pairing/succession combinations and how to look after them for a sustainably beautiful border.

NB This Talk is still being written so the final content may vary slightly from the description given above.

The Natural Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh

The Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh was rebuilt in 2012. The Brief for the new garden was to design a garden which would encourage wildlife and appeal to human senses in a natural way. In this talk, Lucy takes you through the journey from Concept and Build to present day maturity with stories of the successes and the issues that have been experienced along the way.

 

"Thanks again for the excellent talk" P Nash, Bulkington Gardening Club

 

"On behalf of Kenilworth Horticultural Society I would like to thank you for your excellent talk on Tuesday" Secretary, KHS

Gardening with Wildlife in Mind

The plight of British Wildlife is often in the media these days. In this Talk Lucy approaches gardens from the viewpoint of the wildlife which may be passing through, giving  practical tips and ideas which can easily be adapted in any garden.

"We are very pleased that you were able to join us...Feedback from members of the public was excellent and showed that your 'Wildlife Gardening' talk was very well received" Ed Green, Chief Executive, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

                   

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