Integrating and Using Bulbs

What better way to spend a dreary and wet Monday in November than at Great Dixter House and Gardens on a study day led by Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett

Using the gardens and borders at Great Dixter as inspiration, Fergus talked with energy, enthusiasm and enviable subject knowledge through the varied uses of bulbs in the garden.

The program started with a lecture in the wonderfully evocative Yeoman’s Hall, with draughty windows and smouldering log fire and was followed by an afternoon of talks and demonstrations around the garden, all of which provided insight into the Great Dixter ethos of gardening.

Topics covered: naturalised planting in grass and meadows; using bulbs mixed within permanent border plantings; using bulbs as pocket plantings and creating bulb displays in containers. Advice was also given on how to deal with bulbs after flowering and what to consider when buying bulbs.

 A thoroughly enjoyable day of Continuing Professional Development.

From the Great Dixter website: ‘Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.’