I have set up Landscape Masterclass - a series of events and workshops created to further your knowledge of the sciences behind the planted environment which will help inform our design choices. I felt that there was an opportunity to create something inspiring and fun, which are ideally suited to people with a keen interest and involvement in design, landscaping and ecology.
Dr Noel Kingsbury + Caroline Hanks - ‘Perennials and Meadows’
The first event is a workshop with the brilliant Dr Noel Kingsbury. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants, particularly perennials. His passion is very apparent during his lectures and his workshop ‘The Rabbits Eye View’ focuses on the long term performance of perennials. https://www.noelkingsbury.com
He looks at how plants compete with each other and their suitability for a variety of locations, which helps us understand the long term maintenance required, and how this can be financially sustainable. By learning about the ecology and the natural habitat of the plants we use in our work, we can get a much better idea of how to use them to the best effect. I participated in this talk last year and left having learnt a huge amount and felt very empowered by my new found knowledge.
Caroline Hanks has extensive knowledge on creating perennial meadows. She will be discussing methods on how to establish successful meadows that have great ecological benefits too. The combination of Noel and Carolines talks will make for a fascinating and hopefully fun day. It is a hands on workshop, we will be down on our hands and knees actually looking at the plants, which is why the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens was such a good venue. It is the first new Botanic Garden to be created in nearly 40 years and has such a variety of interesting plants to look at and analyse. www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden/