Published: 12 February 2013
Practical Events At Knoll Gardens
Knoll Gardens is putting on a series of events in 2013 for gardeners both new and experienced to sharpen their skills.

Enjoying the atmosphere in Knoll's naturalistic garden
Known nationally for its naturalistic style, Knoll’s acclaimed gardens in Dorset have been described as “extensive and impressive” by Roy Lancaster. The new events will explain some of the secrets of Knoll’s year-round appeal, as well as offering a practical insight into planting and maintenance. They add to an established programme of ornamental grass masterclasses and will all be personally led by Knoll Garden’s owner Neil Lucas; best-selling author, RHS Council Member and the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses.

Walk and Talk

Based on a tour of the gardens, the new Walk and Talk sessions provide an opportunity to follow the changing seasons in the garden looking at everything from planting to cutting down and spring flowers to autumn glory. They cost just £10 and take place on 25 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 5 September and 10 October. Each session starts at 2pm.

Practical Gardening with Neil Lucas

Three specific topics will be explored in greater depth at Knoll this year. ‘Preparing for Summer’ explains how the garden gets ready to create the ‘wow factor’ for which it is renowned and takes place on 14 March.

‘Gardening with Gravel’ is the topic for 30 May, which will feature Knoll’s new gravel garden, whilst the 31 October session explores ‘Knoll’s mini-arboretum’ taking in the stunning autumn colour created by Knoll’s outstanding range of woody plants. Each Practical gardening session costs £15 and starts at 2pm.

Neil Lucas
Neil Lucas

Special Event

To mark English Tourism Week, Neil is leading a special event on 22 March. ‘The Modern English Garden in Spring’ will look at how best to prepare for the coming season and focus on the demands of the modern lifestyle – how to create maximum year-round effect with minimum maintenance. It costs £10 and starts at 2pm.

Grass Masterclasses

Ornamental grasses continues to be Knoll’s specialist subject and Neil’s series of Grass Masterclasses takes in layout and design, border preparation, choice of plants, as well as general care and cultivation. In 2013 the Masterclasses take place at 2pm on 12th and 19th September, and 3rd and 17th October and cost £30.

"It is always a pleasure to welcome plant enthusiasts to Knoll.” said Neil Lucas. “But you don’t have to be a gardener to love our style. We have tailored our new events to those looking for inspiration and ideas as much as pure gardening knowledge and hope to offer some enjoyable and relaxing afternoons in our secluded setting here in east Dorset."
Places on all events are limited and can be booked online at or by calling the nursery on 01202 873931. 
Reported by Chris Allen  

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