Growing a London Garden
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 wealth 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 you might encounter on your 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 one 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.
Duration: 1 day (5 hours)
Date: Sunday 29 March 2020
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
*Free workshops are available for London Borough of Southwark Residents over the age of 19 only. Each resident is entitled to ONE free workshop per academic year (September 2019 - July 2020). We only have a certain quota of free spaces per academic year and once they’re gone you will have to pay full price so make sure to book as soon as possible!
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