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Designing with plants – Fergus Garrett – Lecture

Thursday 18 November at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Fergus is Head Gardener at Great Dixter House and Gardens.  Born in Brighton to an English father and Turkish mother, Fergus spent his formative years in Istanbul, Turkey. On returning to the UK, after school in Brighton he studied horticulture at Wye College, University of London. He has a deep connection with Great Dixter as a result of his relationship with Christopher Lloyd who he joined as his head gardener in 1993 and very much enjoys the interplay between the creative and scientific aspects of horticulture.   Amongst other honours, Fergus was given the RHS Associate of Honour in 2008, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practise of horticulture in 2015 and the Victoria Medal of Honour in 2019, the highest accolade given to British horticulturalists.

Fergus continues to garden in a dynamic, experimental, and exciting way and believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student and volunteer programmes at Dixter and through worldwide lectures. Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants native to Turkey. He is a patron of the Beth Chatto Education Charity, one of the garden advisors for RHS Wisley, President of the Northiam Horticultural Society, and he also sits on the advisory panel for Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, and on the advisory board for Landcraft Garden Foundation in the USA. Fergus lives in the coastal town of Hastings with his wife and two daughters.

  Fergus will discuss sense of place, embracing the wild, contrast of shapes, the use of plants as catalysts in combinations, texture, repetition, focal points, colour and softening the picture with self-sowers, by taking you through the seasons at Great Dixter.


Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends’ lectures will continue to be through Zoom for the autumn. This situation will be reviewed in the light of developments including the University of Bristol confirming that their lecture theatres are once again available.

All lectures will start at 7pm. The link to the Zoom lecture will be available for each lecture nearer the time, also from Friends enews. Please note that there is a limit of 100 people which will be on a first come first served basis with no pre-booking.


Thursday 18 November
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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