Learn to grow sustainably: A workshop with Jack Wallington

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Discover what it means to grow and care for your green space with sustainability at the forefront of your horticultural endeavours.

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What does it mean to grow sustainably? Surely all green endeavours are, to some extent, beneficial to the planet? In fact, how, what and where you plant can make a huge difference to the local ecosystem, but it can be understandably difficult to know where to source your information and get started.

If you have a space of your own - be that a windowsill, an urban balcony, an allotment or a rural garden - this masterclass with Jack Wallington, horticulturist, landscape designer and author of Wild About Weeds, will demystify sustainable gardening. With an emphasis on regenerative growing, you will learn the dos and don’ts of growing your plants, how to become attuned with unique natural habitats, and how you can structure your green space for ecosystems.

You will also be privy to habitats you can create yourself - including edible forest gardens - and will be encouraged to turn your attention to your local environment. Whether sustainability is something you care deeply about, or is a concept that is still new to you, this masterclass will provide you with the knowledge and inspiration to get stuck into nature.

Course content

  • Jack’s gardening journey - from urban small-space gardening and a city allotment, to regenerative smallholding
  • Regenerative growing - beyond organic
  • The dos and don’ts of greener gardening
  • The practicalities of gardening, from choosing the right composts and reducing plastic, to how to make your own fertilisers and the pros and cons of power tools
  • Understanding natural habitats
  • The core components of plant communities
  • Structuring a garden for ecosystems

This course is for…

  • Anyone with a garden or green space who wants to learn more about the practice and how to make sustainable decisions

Tutor Profile

Jack Wallington worked in the creative industries for 20 years, before retraining at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to become a horticulturist and landscape designer. Writing, art and nature have always come naturally to him, and these all pointed towards his new career. He is the author of the 2019 Times Gardening Book of the Year, Wild About Weeds.

Course Details

  • Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022
  • Time: 6.30pm-9pm (GMT)

6.30pm GMT | 7.30pm CET | 10.30am PST | 1.30pm EST

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

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