The long term performance of perennials – 22nd of September


Participants will learn how to make simple observations of perennial growth forms, and link these to long-term performance issues: longevity, rate and degree of spread, levels of self-seeding and competitiveness.

Participants will be able to make simple predictions of long-term plant performance.

How long will plants survive? Will they spread? Will they seed? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, primarily but not exclusively perennials, focussing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Practitioners can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for appropriate levels of maintenance and in particular to plan for the long-term – important for financial sustainability.

Integral to the day is to get participants thinking about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connects to the way we use them in gardens. Encouraged to get down on hands and knees to get ‘the rabbit’s eye view’, close observation of plant growing habits and lifecycles through the year can greately empower us as professionals.

The event will be a whole day event and will include workshops by both and guided tours by the gardeners of Fullers Mill.

It is envisaged that the day will start around 10:30am and run for 5 hours with lunch and coffee breaks included – location Fullers Mill, West Stow, Suffolk

BOOKING now open on Eventbrite:

Limited number of tickets available including early birds, hurry up!


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