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Beyond Introduction to Gardening - The Challenges and Possibilities of The Urban Garden


  • Walworth Garden 206 Manor Place London, England, SE17 3BN United Kingdom (map)

Oliver Haden - CEO and Head Gardener, Walworth Garden (new course)

Having gardened both professionally and personally for over 40 years, Oli will be guiding you through planning and design to fruition. From understanding the potential of your site to the practical steps you might take to see it actually take shape and all the challenges you might encounter on the way.

Working with nature and ever mindful of the impact we gardeners can have on the environment, join this workshop and get the chance to look at your own site through the eyes of a professional.

Oli has successfully created countless urban gardens and guided clients to make the most appropriate decisions. He brings a breadth of knowledge and experience that will encourage you to consider your next steps when planning your own green space. From the initial understanding of site, screening and aspect, to the urban microclimate, Oli will be demystifying some of the terminology that novice gardeners might encounter on the journey to creating your own distinct urban paradise

Whether you have just started creating your space or are in the middle of something exciting, join this workshop to energise and radicalise your thinking!

Areas that will be considered during this two day workshop will be:

  • The particularities of urban gardening - The Precious Space
  • Developing your own style - planting, 1950s suburbia
  • Site, aspect, boundaries, screening out the neighbours.
  • Rising to the challenges of your own individual site
  • Hard and soft landscaping
  • Utility areas, water, storage etc
  • The Art of Planting - evergreen and deciduous - trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, climbers and weeds -what, when, where and why?
  • How to draw your site to aid your planning
  • Which plants and how to plant them - what sort of gardener will you be?
  • Plant and colour palettes
  • pH and soil types - what action to take if any.
  • You are encouraged to bring photographs and/or drawings of your garden.

Did You Know

If you're a Southwark resident of more than 2 years and are over 19 years old you can attend one free workshop a year with us!*

See our terms and conditions for more information.

To book a place please click your ticket type and proceed to our online booking page.

Please note that when selecting the ticket type Southwark Resident you must be over 19 years old and have lived in Southwark for more than 2 years. If you have attended a workshop with us as a funded Southwark Resident place within September 2017 and July 2018 then you will be asked to pay the full price or benefits charge for the workshop.

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