The long term performance of perennials at Fullers Mill

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Place: West Stow, Suffolk IP28 6HD

Date: 22nd of September 2016

Speakers: Noel Kingsbury and James Hitchmough


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 landscape 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 landscapes. 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 greatly 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.


Fullers Mill garden is an enchanting 7 acre creation on the banks of the River Lark.  It combines a beautiful site of light dappled woodland with a plantsman’s collection of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants.  Bernard Tickner, the founder, has spent over 50 years designing and creating the garden, working particularly with plant form and texture in addition to colour, to build a garden of truly year-round interest.


It is envisaged that the day will start around 10:30am and run for 5 hours with lunch and coffee breaks included.



Tickets £10 (plus fee ) or free for Students



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