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Designing Small Gardens

Event Detail

Start Date: February 22, 2023
End Date: October 14, 2023
Time: 10am-4pm
Adult £130

Designing Small Gardens

– Full Day

with Guy Petheram

  • 3 dates to choose from: Wednesday 22 February, Thursday 11 May or Saturday 14 October 2023
  • Doddington Hall (Catkin’s flower studio in the Kitchen Garden), Lincolnshire, LN6 4RU

Small gardens are what most people have but can be the hardest of all gardens to get right. There is nowhere to hide, with every little bit of space valuable, and it often feels like there is just not enough space to accommodate all our wishes. This course will discuss design principles that are particularly important to small gardens, such as scale, and then focus on how best to approach small spaces, prioritise our needs, design in multi-functional ways and how to use plants in often shady corners.

For anyone with big plans for a small space and who is not quite sure how to fit it all in.

Tea/coffee provided

£130 (limited to 4 places)

Meet the Designer

“While gardens are a personal space, I believe they are also part of the wider environment. Increasingly it is imperative that they contribute to tackling, not adding to, the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. Good design can create the beautiful places we want to spend time in, while also treading lightly and providing habitat for other creatures”. 

Based in Lincolnshire, and with a base also in Suffolk, Guy has been designing gardens and advising clients for more than 15 years throughout the East Midlands, and beyond, helping them create their own green havens, and everything from large country gardens to small town yards. Increasingly his focus is on consultancy and advice, and, through teaching, inspiring others to have a go at creating their green dreams.

Delivering gardens that are as sustainable as possible is a key focus, and exhibits at RHS Flower Shows have demonstrated his environmental commitment over many years – Hampton Court in 2010 (‘Human Nature’ – silver-gilt award), Hampton Court in 2009 (‘Coppice’ – silver award) and Tatton Park in 2006 (‘The Function Room’ – silver award) 

Guy has worked as a garden design lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, is an expert tutor with Learning with Experts and runs a range of his own courses. He has also worked as a project manager for the BBC series Garden Rescue and, when time allows, contributes articles to a range of magazines including The Garden and the Garden Design Journal.