Gardening Through the Seasons


We have postponed this course until 2021 with dates to be confirmed when it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions, please contact Camilla on  or call her on 07498 984371.


As we manage busy lives, we often miss nature's wonderful ebb and flow, which naturally accompanies each passing season in the garden.

Each season promises fresh beginnings, inspiration, magic and gardening wonder.

Join Dean Peckett, Head of Horticulture at Arne Maynard Garden Design, and explore the natural beauty of gardening at Arne's own garden, Allt y bela, through the changing seasons.

In 2020 we are offering four study days as a seasonal course. Each day will begin with a tour of Allt y bela with Dean, exploring the garden and its surrounding landscape. Dean will be on hand to advise and explain a wealth of gardening techniques and skills relating to each season including how soil, plants and wildlife elegantly interconnect with each other in the natural garden environment.



Topics likely to be covered include:

- Rose pruning, care, cultivation and training (theory)
- Spring bulb displays for containers, borders and meadows
- Soil cultivation, organic mulches and soil science
- Perennial and annual meadows, planning, preparation, planting and sowing
- Perennial planting, staking and cultivation
- Vegetable garden planning, cultivation and seed sowing


Topics likely to be covered include:

- Summer container displays
- Border plant care and cultivation
- Vegetable garden cultivation, successional crops and harvesting
- Summer shrub pruning
- Feed application and irrigation techniques
- Extending the flowering season through plant care


Topics likely to be covered include:

- Bulb planting and cultivation
- Autumn shrub pruning 
- Perennial cultivation, lifting, dividing and propagation 
- Vegetable harvesting and storage
- Fruit harvesting and storage
- Putting the garden to bed for winter


Topics likely to be covered include:

- Fruit tree pruning
- Rose pruning, rose training and hazel supports (practical)
- Perennial cultivation and cut back 
- Winter twigs identification
- Naturalistic displays for Christmas and the festive period
- Winter planning for spring


Each day will focus on sharing experiences together, whilst learning how to observe, enjoy and interact with your garden in a positive and productive way.

Friendly conversation will be most welcome during each study day so that guests can share their own gardening knowledge and experiences through the changing seasons.


Course cost: £800 (including refreshments and a light seasonal lunch on each day)

Please email or call us on 020 7689 8100 to find out more.


If arriving by car, please park at USK SHOWGROUND.


Finding Usk Showground (NP15 1EY):
From the A449 (J24 off M4 or A40 for Monmouth) take the A472 turning for Usk. Immediately turn right onto the B4235 to Gwernesney and Chepstow. Pass the Llangeview Lodge pub on your right, the first opening to Usk Showground is on your left, but continue on to the next left turning to Cefn Tilla and Llandenny, the entrance to the parking area at Usk Showground is approx. 100m on your right. There will be signs to guide you.


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