Garden Lecture Days

We are delighted to offer another series of Garden Lecture Days in the coming year with some highly respected and entertaining speakers, many of whom are new to The Coach House.

Details of the lecturers and the programme are set out below as well as a copy of the brochure and the booking form.

To book places or for more information please contact Mel Tanner Tel: 01285 850256


Programme of Garden Lecture Days

 Tuesday, 27th March £95.00

Stephen Anderton: 
What makes a Great Gardener?


Long standing garden columnist for The Times, and author of several books including one on the life of Christopher Lloyd, Stephen Anderton is a writer and lecturer who likes to stimulate discussion. In this talk he will select some of the most influential gardeners from the C15th to the present day, exploring their lives as well as their impact on the world of horticulture. This will enrich and extend our understanding of the development of the garden, both here and across the globe.



Sir Roy Strong: 
Perpetually re-making a garden


And now for one of those great gardeners!

Sir Roy Strong certainly needs no introduction and many of you will know The Laskett, the garden he created with his wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman, until her death in 2003. It would have been all too easy, at that stage, to preserve it in aspic but Sir Roy made the brave decision to give it new life and vigour proving the point that gardening must involve change and bold reinvention if it is to be regarded as an Art Form and continue to stimulate, surprise and excite.

Tuesday 10th April £95.00

Jinny Blom: 
Enduring Garden Design

 Photo Credit:  Nathalie Jouan

Photo Credit:  Nathalie Jouan

Jinny has a portfolio of over 250 gardens which embrace a wide variety of styles from traditional walled gardens to contemporary installations. Common threads permeate however, and always include a profound respect for the history of the site and wider landscape, a commitment to craftsmanship of the highest standard and deeply considered planting. In this talk, Jinny will draw on examples of her work to explain the philosophy behind her approach to design and the creative process involved in building gardens both in England and further afield.



Robin Lane-Fox: 
Thoughtful Planting



Successful Planting is not always straightforward but can be achieved with careful consideration. Robin Lane Fox has been Garden Correspondent for the Financial Times for 45 years and it is this, together with his role as curator of the Long Border at New College, Oxford, and a lifetime of practical gardening in his own garden, that makes him so qualified to talk on this subject.

 Tuesday, 8th May £95.00

Annie Guilfoyle: 
Making Gardens, Great and Small



Annie is principally a Garden Designer who takes her inspiration from art, architecture, textiles and graphics. She lectures internationally and was Director of Garden Design at KLC in London for 18 years and is now teaching a monthly design course at Great Dixter as well as being the co-ordinator of garden courses at West Dean in Sussex. In this talk she will define the principles of good design and demonstrate how features seen at the most notable gardens can be adapted to those of a more modest size. 



Fergus Garrett: Great Dixter:
Past Present and Future

 Photo Credit: Martin Ogden

Photo Credit: Martin Ogden

After becoming Head Gardener at Great Dixter in 1993 and forming the celebrated gardening partnership with Christopher Lloyd, one the most respected and iconoclastic plantsman of all time, Fergus continues with Christo’s pioneering approach to horticulture while adding his own voice whenever appropriate. This is a chance to hear about the many radical changes that have taken place at Dixter over the years as well as ongoing projects and the vision for the future.

Wednesday 13th June £95.00

Anna Pavord: 
Beyond the Border


Every garden contains a variety of situations for plants and while a flower border requires careful planning, so do the shadiest of corners and the driest, sunniest of sites. As author of many highly acclaimed books on gardening and Gardening Correspondent on the Independent  for 32 years, Anna Pavord has a wealth of experience in all things horticultural and is an expert in selecting plants that will flourish in every part of the garden, providing structure and interest in even the most difficult of situations.



Troy Scott Smith:
Vita’s remarkable roses


Roses have always played a significant part at Sissinghurst and Troy Scott Smith, Head Gardener since 2012, is doing much to replant those that Vita grew and particularly loved. In addition to highlighting old varieties, and explaining how the roses help to keep Vita’s garden true to her original conception, Troy will also cover more practical elements of rose growing such as pruning, spraying and feeding as well as companion planting

Thursday 13th September £105.00

A Day with Chris Beardshaw:
The Herbaceous Border


One of the biggest challenges in the garden is to maintain a display in the border throughout the seasons. By looking at it’s essential components and highlighting the most reliable performers, Chris will demonstrate ways of orchestrating your borders for continual delight. 

Chris Beardshaw is an internationally acclaimed garden designer, TV presenter on Gardener’s World and panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners Question TIme. He is also a passionate plantsman and an excellent lecturer, making every subject relevant and engaging. This is a chance to spend a day with Chris, listening to his words of wisdom, asking questions and learning from his extensive horticultural knowledge

Booking form

To book any of the Garden Lecture Days please fill in the form on the right hand side and we will contact you by email with further details.

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A 10% discount will be given if a booking is made for 3 separate days or if 4 places are booked together on the same day.

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