Build a Dry Garden

Build a Dry Garden


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Creating and maintaining beautiful and productive gardens in dry weather.

Climate change poses many threats to the stability of weather, increasing the risk of dry hot summers. This course aims to show you how to create a garden that what will survive arid summers, grow on sandy and well-drained soils, whilst still bringing wildlife and beauty into your home and garden.

Key information

  • Duration: two days
  • Upcoming date: Sat 18 to Sun 19 July 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 9.30am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: £200
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is advised. Bring something to take notes and gardening gloves if you wear them.
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What you will learn

Scorched plants and withering flowers – not how you anticipated your green space over the summer months? Come and spend the weekend in a glorious setting, learning how to design and manage an arid garden.

Through a mixture of practical and theory your expert tutor will guide you through the basics of arid garden design, looking at how to prepare the ground, make troughs and start planting. You’ll gain a good understanding of alpine and dry weather loving edible plants (great for summer snacks!), and we’ll look at ways to encourage wonderful wildlife into your garden.

CAT is located in the spectacular foothills of Snowdonia, with thriving gardens and woodlands. This courses gives you the chance to learn new skills whilst spending time in a glorious setting, perfect for a weekend trip.

Meet your tutors

Ben Wilde works for The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on their Growing the Future (GTF) project. GTF is a five year project to ‘champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being’. Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.

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