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18 March: Gardening: Pruning with Sarah Speakman

Pruning in the Garden demystified - how, why and when to get to work with your secateurs.

The mention of pruning puts many gardeners into a panic; this is the moment to de-mystify the subject!

A practical hands on workshop demonstrating the fundamentals of how, why and where to cut giving you the knowledge and confidence to get going with your secateurs.  Topics for the day will include:

  • which tools to use;
  • spring pruning of shrubs so that they don’t outgrow their space;
  • pruning and training of roses and clematis so they flower their socks off;
  • pruning of fruit trees/bushes for maximum production;
  • pruning of herbaceous plants to achieve the best flowers,
  • and the principle of ‘the Chelsea chop’.

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 (9.30 - 4) - £65 in The Long Room, and in Logie House Garden (and lunch in the Olive Tree Café)

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