Sue Gibson's School of Gardening

Please note that dates for the new terms and workshops will be published here as soon as possible after the lockdown ends.

Course Dates 2020/21

Garden Design 3-Term Courses

I For beginners who want to design their own gardens and/or pursue an interest in garden design

II  For advanced students who wish to learn professional design and gardening techniques, and improve their plant knowledge

Classes are small and informal, and held at my home in Slimbridge, in local gardens and in students' gardens

I  Design your own Garden
Year One - Beginners

Term 1
Garden Design
2020

Term 2
Border
Planning
2021

Term 3
Graphics & Border Planning
2021

Tuesdays
15th September -
15th December


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Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £425 per term

On the Beginners Course, students will learn how to measure up and draw gardens to scale, and how to design them. 

They will also learn the Principles of Design and the basics of hard landscaping.

In Plant Planning, students learn how to plan beds and borders based on plant texture, shape and colour.

Simple graphics to illustrate the garden designs are combined with more border planning.

 A practical is held at a local garden centre on combining plants, always a very popular exercise.


Garden Design & Management
Year II

Wednesdays

23rd September - 16th December

Wednesdays

6th January -
24th March

Wednesdays

21st April -
7th July

Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £425 per term

Building on the knowledge gained in the first year, students will design gardens in the locality of Slimbridge, produce planting plans, visuals and design reports.  Garden management and practical work will also feature strongly on this course.

Advanced Garden Design & Management
Year IX

2020/21

Alternate Thursdays from
1st October - 3rd December

Alternate Thursdays
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Alternate Thursdays
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Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £400 per term

Advanced Garden Design & Management
Year XII

2020/21

Alternate Thursdays 2020
from
24th September -
10th December

Alternate Thursdays 2021
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Alternate Thursdays 2021
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Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £400 per term

Workshops - 2021

Practicals

Spring Pruning Shrubs & Roses:
Monday 8th February
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Summer Pruning Shrubs, Roses and Perennials:
Monday 5th July
10.00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Growing and Training Fruit in Small Spaces:
Thursday 19th August
10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Cost:  £75 per Practical Workshop including lunch
£5 off for each second and subsequent course booked

Testimonials

Thank you so much, Sue.  The course and particularly you have been a real inspiration, especially to one who is streets behind everyone else.  Love, Mary, Lackham College, Wiltshire

It's been lovely getting to know you and you're such a Fab Gardening Teacher.  Adrian, Newport