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Garden Lecture: Fergus Garrett—Wild at Dixter

Wave Hill House


Can gardens be designed and managed to support biodiversity while maintaining aesthetics? Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener of Great Dixter House & Gardens in East Sussex, shares a new approach to gardening at this influential Arts and Crafts garden, where mosaic habitats are woven into the landscape to enhance wildlife habitats. Great Dixter, the home of the legendary gardener and author Christopher Lloyd,  is known for the way it merges the natural and cultivated world. In 1992, Garrett became head gardener there, working closely with Lloyd until his death in 2006. Prior to this, Fergus Garrett trained in horticulture at Wye College, London University, and worked for Rosemary Alexander and Beth Chatto as well as private gardens in Cap d’Antibes and Gstaad. Garrett’s honors include the Royal Horticulture Society Victoria Medal of Honour and the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Memorial Medal. Hear from him how a biodiversity audit is influencing the way that the site is managed, balancing the needs of wildlife, access, gardening and forestry.

$30; Wave Hill Members save 10%. Registration recommended, online at wavehill.org, beginning February 12. Space is limited for this highly anticipated opportunity.

After the lecture, participants are invited to join an optional walk with Senior Director of Horticulture Louis Bauer to see how the design principles behind Wave Hill's beautiful spaces also create habitat features and support diverse populations of local wildlife.

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Photo credit: Martin Ogden