The What, Why, When and How of Gardening

302,303 TUTOR: Sonia Wright

Taking place at the tutor's own nursery in Ogbourne St George, this course is designed to enrich your gardening techniques including propagation, growing from seed & pruning, creating a Cutting Garden and planting difficult sites. With over 35 years of experience and three medal-winning gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show under her belt, the tutor produces all her own plants from seed and propagation and is abundantly qualified to lead you through some of the more interesting and challenging corners of horticulture. This course will benefit all levels of knowledge and experience and vastly improve how you view your garden and your attitude to plants in general. All gardening equipment including aprons for practical work will be supplied.

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3 PM
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Course Notes

The Gardening Course will run over five half-days, and the topics are as follows:

1. Propagation - cuttings, plant division

2. Growing from seed - annuals, perennials, with information on suppliers

3. Pruning - shrubs, roses, vines and clematis

4. The Cutting Garden - growing your own flowers for sale or home

5. Difficult sites: Shade/Sun/Damp/Dry

A printed background reading list will be provided at the time, for students to consolidate the knowledge gained on this course.

All equipment, including aprons for practical work, will be supplied for students on the day.

The only item they should bring will be a notebook and a receptive mind.

Course Tutor

Sonia Wright

About Sonia

Sonia Wright has had a long career in horticulture. A gardener all her childhood and a member of the RHS at 15, she was not allowed by her father to study at Kew, but enrolled in a secretarial course. Eventually she taught herself to draw and design, and embarked on a successful career, creating gardens as far as the Highlands of Scotland, via London and the South West.

During this time, she visited China on a plant-hunting trip with Kew, built three award-winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show for the Sunday Times, and appeared on television on Gardeners World. Deciding that her passion for growing was unsatisfied, she started a small nursery on rented land, and attracted interest from magazines such as House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Living. Visits and subsequent articles from Anna Pavord, Dan Pearson and Sarah Raven followed, concentrating on her love of Barnhaven Primroses.

Eventually Sonia was able to buy a piece of land for the nursery she ran for 20 years at Ogbourne St. George. During this time, she gave many talks to local gardening clubs and W.I. Groups. Well-known for her twice-weekly stall in Marlborough Market, where she sold plants and bulbs for over twenty years, she had to slow down after an operation. Sonia now gives lectures on various aspects of gardening at the nursery, including a very popular wreath-making session, and sells cut flowers and plants in local shops.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM