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6 May: Gardening: Gorgeous pots with Sarah Speakman

Ideas for colourful, abundant and productive pots

Gorgeous and creative pots - productive and they'll make you smile!

It is possible to achieve a colourful, abundant and productive garden in the smallest of spaces by using pots. This class will give you different ideas for pots from spring to winter, with recipes for combinations to follow or replicate.

You will learn

  • colour rules for good design combinations;
  • about complementary growing habits and forms – the thriller, filler and spiller effect
  • suggestions for edible gardening in pots.  

The course will also cover the functional side of container growing – which compost to use, watering, feeding, dead-heading and so on as well as a practical demonstration to teach some key relevant skills.

Sarah Speakman is passionate about promoting horticulture as a creative, productive and health-giving activity. As a mid-life career changer to horticulture herself she realised that she needed to escape the containment of office life and studied with the Royal Horticultural Society, attended practical courses at Reaseheath College and learnt the principles of garden design. Working in a garden centre increased her plant knowledge and from there she went on to manage a range of private Highland gardens, walled estate gardens and community projects, before moving to Inverness Botanic Gardens where she was head gardener for ten years. With influences from her favourite garden designers and her own love of pattern, colour and harmony, she redesigned and replanted the outside gardens of the Botanics whilst also developing the plant collections under glass; a diverse collection from all over the world, from tropical jungle to the deserts. Sarah has run many workshops and classes with the aim of giving people the confidence to have a go themselves and to develop their horticultural skills, maybe even to consider it as a career with its many rewarding avenues and specialities.

Course Details:

To enquire and/or book please email panny@logie.co.uk

1 day (9.15 for 9.30 start - 1) - £45 in The Long Room, and in Logie House Garden

Things to bring to the gardening courses:

  • Outdoor clothing suitable for the time of the year
  • notebook and pen/pencil
  • secateurs - clean and sharp!

Keep an eye out on the website for more of Sarah's courses