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Your ultimate guide to gardening: A masterclass with Alys Fowler, Charles Dowding and Hollie Newton

Guardian Masterclasses

Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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An unmissable opportunity to learn from the Guardian’s gardening columnist Alys Fowler, no dig innovator Charles Dowding and self-taught gardener Hollie Newton.

Whether you’re a budding gardener or looking to flex your seasoned green fingers, this comprehensive and inspiring day of talks, curated by Guardian columnist and gardening agony aunt Alys Fowler, offers plenty of practical advice and inspiring ideas.

In her growing your own fruit and veg segment, Alys will reveal the secrets to juicy fruits, crunchy vegetables and fresh salads, and share her tips on becoming a more thrifty and resourceful gardener.

Self-taught gardener and author of How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can’t Garden Yet, Hollie Newton will show you how to create a truly beautiful garden on a budget without any formal training or intimidating rules – even if the only space you’ve got is a balcony or a window box.

Charles Dowding, author of nine books and a lead innovator of organic and especially no dig gardening, will cover the benefits of a no dig approach and share his advice on mulching, feeding the soil, and making and using compost.

Content

  • Alys Fowler on creating the perfect environment for growing fruit and vegetables in your garden, allotment or windowsill

  • Hollie Newton on garden design for beginners, where to find inspiration, going beyond plants, making your garden useful and how to get an expensive-looking result while spending as little money as possible

  • Charles Dowding on the reasons why the no dig approach is so successful and grows so few weeds, saving time, clearing weeds by mulching, 10 years of trialling dig versus no dig, feeding soil annually, making compost and using it, sowing salads for winter and using fleece and propagation tips for earlier cropping

  • Q&A: an invaluable opportunity to ask Alys, Charles and Hollie any questions you have about urban gardening

Tutor profiles

Alys Fowler is a horticulturist and journalist. She writes a weekly column for the Guardian, where she shares her wisdom on growing vegetables, fruits and flowers. Alys has been the presenter of long-running BBC television programme Gardeners’ World, and is the author of several books including The Edible Garden and Abundance. She tweets @AlysFowler.

Testimonials

“She is a delight to listen to; informed, informal and inspiring”

Hollie Newton is a self-taught gardener and author of How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can’t Garden Yet. She is also a multi-award winning star of the creative advertising industry, having worked with the likes of the BBC, Volvo and Prada. Hollie started growing vegetables and fruit on her tiny rented balcony in an attempt to escape from the pressure of her day job, reclaiming a slice of the natural world in which she feels happiest.

Charles Dowding has been a lead innovator of organic and especially no dig gardening since 1983. He has also pioneered new methods of growing, picking and marketing salad leaves and created and cropped four no dig, organic market gardens on stony, silt and clay soils. Charles is the author of nine books, runs a YouTube channel with 32,000 subscribers and 1.7 million views, and gives talks and courses at home and abroad.

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)


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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.

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