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Designing with plants – Fergus Garrett – Lecture

Thursday 18 November 2021 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. Lectures start at 7pm for approx 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. If possible please put your questions on to the chat facility within Zoom during the lecture. Once you have been admitted to the Zoom meeting please ensure your sound is muted.

We hope you will be able to join us from approx 6.50pm For this month only we have extended the number of participants as we will not be recording the lecture.

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  • Meeting ID: 823 3387 6552 
  • Passcode: 300991




Thursday 18 November 2021
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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