Course Information: Choosing Plants for your Borders

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An enjoyable and informal course on choosing the right plants for your garden.

When and Where


From 29 Apr 2020 to 13 May 2020
Wed 10:00-15:00
for 3 weeks

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29 Apr 2020
10:00 to 15:00
06 May 2020
10:00 to 15:00
13 May 2020
10:00 to 15:00


Stoke Lodge
Stoke Lodge Centre
Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop

with Christine Pritchard


Fees and concessions information

The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is 96 , the concession rate is 58. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility. For more details please see our Terms and conditions


An enjoyable and informal course on choosing the right plants for your garden.
Professional garden designer Christine Pritchard will discuss suitable trees, shrubs and perennials and how to put them together for best effect. No previous gardening experience necessary.

What can students expect?

Expect a supportive atmosphere where your ideas will be encouraged, you will not be expected to know Latin plant names. You will be introduced to a range of plants and be guided on how to put them together for good effect.
The course is aimed at anyone who suspects their borders are dull and wants to do better without wasting more money at the garden centre.
Learners may wish to prepare a planting plan or may prefer to gain information to use more widely throughout their garden.
Experienced plants people should note that the plants discussed are not necessarily rare or exotic.

Late starters allowed?

Yes, but the course is only 3 days long.

Equipment Required

None. Notes are often sent via email so it is helpful if learners have an email address although this is not essential.

Previous experience required?


What is the progression route?

After getting a better understanding of what plants are available, learners may enjoy the one day courses at Stoke Lodge that focus on specific garden areas, ie, woodland, cut flower etc.

Are there any extra costs?


Work set between sessions?


What should students bring?

A tablespoon of soil from their garden.
Photographs of their plot it helps if a couple are printed out.
A pencil and note pad.
A packed lunch.

Teaching method/style?

Learners will be encouraged to share their experiences of their gardens.
Learners will learn through discussions with the tutor and other students, and will be shown a variety of plants to handle.

What would be useful preparation before the course?
Take photographs of your existing garden.
Bring in pictures that inspire you.