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Masterclass with Nigel Dunnett: High Impact, Low Input Planting - 6 September 2018 - £60

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Masterclass with Nigel Dunnett: High Impact, Low Input Planting - 6 September 2018 - £60

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Nigel Dunnett is a pioneer in new approaches in the use of plants in gardens and designed landscapes. Nigel creates ‘impressionistic naturalism’ and believes that planting design is an art-form, tuned to nature.  He makes beautiful, joyful, uplifting, immersive, colourful and dramatic naturalistic plantings.  His aim is to provoke strong positive emotions through creating intimate experiences of enhanced nature, at the human-scale, regardless of the size of the site.  But Nigel also believes that planting design is an essential requirement for creating healthy cities and liveable places.  

He has worked extensively with ‘sustainable’ gardens and landscapes: roof gardens, rain gardens, urban meadows, and in meeting the challenges of greening hostile urban environments.  Nigel believes that it’s time for planting design to move on, and to embrace new and fresh thinking in the evolution of naturalistic approaches.

In this workshop Nigel will outline his planting design philosophy, using inspiring examples of patterns and process in natural plant communities as the starting point for his FLOW method for creating ‘high-impact, low-input’ gardens and landscapes that are inspired by nature but designed for people.  The workshop will be richly illustrated with examples from Nigel’s projects including the London Olympic Park, Buckingham Palace, Grey to Green, Trentham Gardens, The Barbican, and his own home garden. 

Course Lead: Nigel Dunnett

Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018

Time: 9.45am.  Start:  10.00am.  Finish:  4.00pm

Venue: The Education Room, Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkhouse Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire  S10 2LN. NB:  Sat Nav Postcode:  S11 8RB

Cost:  £60 (discounted to £50 for students with valid ID*)

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Open to anyone interested in garden design, lower maintenance planting and the work of Nigel Dunnett.

What to bring
Please bring your preferred form of note taking.  You are more than welcome to bring a packed lunch and flask.  There is a small kitchen where you can make your own tea/coffee.  A selection of tea/coffee and biscuits will be available but do bring your own specialty blends.  There is a café at the Botanical Gardens and shops across the road including Costa Coffee and Tesco. 

Directions and on site parking
There is limited parking within the Botanical Gardens (from Thompson Road entrance) – restricted to the left hand side only of the driveway.  Paid parking is available on surrounding roads.  The postcode for Sat Nav:  S11 8RB.  Further details, please see link below including pubic transport and Park and Ride. How to find us:

£60 (students £50 – student ID* will be required).   All profit will be donated to Perennial.

*Students: please confirm you have student ID(s) for each attendee booked, and forward a copy of your valid student ID(s) to following check-out to be confirmed on the course.

Terms and conditions
Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.  We are not able to give refunds for cancellations.  However, you are welcome to nominate someone to take your place provided you have notified us of their name and contact details prior to commencement of the course. We reserve the right to cancel any course at any time.  In the rare event that we need to cancel a course, you will be contacted and given the option to receive a full refund of your payment or transfer to another course of the same value, subject to availability. 

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