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Garden Course

Event Detail

Start Date: April 24, 2023
End Date: September 25, 2023
Time: 10am-4.30pm
Adult £1,050

Design Your Own Garden

6 full days (over 6 months)

with Guy Petheram

  • Mondays; 24 April, 22 May, 26 June, 24 July, 21 August & 25 September 2023
  • 10am-4.30pm
  • Doddington Hall (Catkin’s flower studio in the Kitchen Garden), Lincolnshire, LN6 4RU

This course is intended for anyone who would like to design their own garden, while guided by professional tuition. The design process will be explained step-by-step, along with all the fundamental knowledge, skills & techniques needed to develop a scheme, from assessing your existing garden to developing outline concepts to finishing details.

Specific areas covered will include basic survey techniques, finding inspiration, principles of design, materials & garden structures, and developing planting schemes, along with practical considerations such as lighting, working with levels and suppliers.

You will have the opportunity to design your garden stage by stage as the course progresses, with some time devoted to discussing & progressing projects during each of the monthly sessions. Time between each session can also be used to develop your scheme further. Only basic drawing skills are required.

This course would also be suitable for anyone wanting to explore the possibility of a career in garden design.

Tea & coffee provided

£1,050 (limited to 4 places)

For more information & to book please get in touch with Guy.

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.