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The principles of good garden design: A masterclass with James Alexander-Sinclair

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Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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An exclusive seminar with garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair, Royal Horticultural Society judge and co-presenter of the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.

A gardener’s work is never done - that’s part of the appeal. If you want to create a garden fit for all seasons, come along to this inspiring class with James Alexander-Sinclair, one of the UK’s leading garden designers.

During this lively seminar, you’ll learn the principles of good garden design, as well as how to strike the right balance between beauty and practicality. This is a unique opportunity to be inspired by James’s knowledge and passion for gardening, and acquire useful tips to create your own dream garden at home. 

Content 

  • An overview of the key principles of good garden design
  • Different styles of garden: from sleek modern designs to rustic cottage gardens
  • Assessing the site and deciding upon the main levels and features within your garden, such as trees, hedges and patios
  • Designing your garden based on your lifestyle
  • Balancing beauty with practicality
  • Maintaining a beautiful garden all year round
  • Creative ideas and affordable solutions for gardens, big and small
  • Q&A: a chance to pick the brains of one of the UK’s most respected garden designers

Tutor profile

James Alexander-Sinclair is one of the leading garden designers in the UK. He’s designed gardens everywhere from Cornwall to London and Moscow. James also writes a regular column in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, and has contributed to the Financial Times, Countryfile, House & Garden and many other publications. James has helped present the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show since 2008 and was recently a judge in the new BBC Two series The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. He tweets @JamesASinclair.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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