Join a Garden Masterclass this autumn

Catch these workshops taking place before the garden season ends, as part of the Garden Masterclass series, organised by garden designer Annie Guilfoyle and plantsman Noel Kingsbury, in association with Gardens Illustrated.


Use the autumn months to top up on your garden knowledge – and see some of our finest gardens – with Garden Masterclass. Organised in collaboration with Gardens Illustrated, the Garden Masterclass series of one-day courses and workshops are held at different locations around the country and aim to bring together gardeners and designers with the very best and most innovative people in the gardening world.

If you haven’t already discovered the Garden Masterclass programme of workshops, there’s a few events taking place this September and October worth catching.

Growing Scotland’s Gardens
The Restoration Yard, Dalkeith, near Edinburgh
20 September​, 10am–4.30pm, £90.
with James Alexander-Sinclair, Colin McBeath and Gavin McNaughton
Some of the most exciting new ideas in British gardens are happening in Scotland. James Alexander-Sinclair looks at how good garden design can make the most of the huge range of plants we have available; Colin McBeath proposes a new take on planting design ‘Planting the Impossible; New Adventures in Horticulture’; Gavin McNaughton of MacPlants gives a demonstration of how to propagate perennials.

In the mind’s eye
Bury Court, Hampshire
9 October, 10am–4.30pm, £120
with Sarah Eberle
How good is your power of visual evaluation? Being able to analyse what you are looking at is key to understanding the visual strengths and weaknesses of a garden. Sarah will explain how to develop your analytical skills on site, determining what elements of house and setting have led to the design layout that exists and establishing which elements are successful and which less so. You will follow up with a proposal for change and development based on your skills of evaluation. The day will include sketching and drawing.


Design workshop: What makes a successful garden?
Easton Walled Garden, Lincolnshire
11 October, 10am – 4.30pm, £110
with Annie Guilfoyle and Lady Ursula Cholmeley 
Set in the beautiful grounds of Easton Walled Gardens, Annie will guide you through the fundamentals of what makes a successful garden design. There will be a workshop element to the day, with some design exercises and an opportunity to think about how to apply these ideas to your own garden. Garden owner Ursula Cholmeley will also take you on a tour around the garden, explaining her design and planting philosophy for each area.

The immersive experience: dynamic planting design at the human scale
Scampston Walled Garden, North Yorkshire
12 October, 10am-4.30pm, £90
with Nigel Dunnett
This workshop will take a very personal look at Nigel's planting design philosophy and approach, drawing key principles from his studies of the dynamics and character of beautiful and dramatic wild vegetation, and translating those principles into creating ever-changing plantings with year-round appeal. He will explain his methods of using colour and structure in successional layers of planting using a range of examples of Nigel's work, all created with an intimate and immersive experience of 'enhanced nature'. The day will include a tour of the gardens at Scampston.

Using grasses and perennials in the modern garden
at Bury Court, Hampshire. 
18 October, 10am-4.30pm, £120    
with Neil Lucas
Spend the day with the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses as he explores the combined use of grasses and perennials in the modern garden to provide beautiful, easily maintained and hugely enjoyable green spaces. Combined with a guided tour of the Piet Oudolf and Christopher Bradley-Hole designed gardens, this day will provide practical advice and inspiration as participants come to understand how grasses and perennials can form a near perfect partnership.


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