Gardening expert gives free workshop in special celebration of spring
By undertheedge | Sunday, April 29, 2012, 11:22
The owner of a Gloucestershire based gardening school has presented a special workshop on border design as part of a local garden centre's celebration of spring.
Local gardening expert Sue Gibson ran a special workshop at the Wyevale Thornbury Garden Centre’s Spring Gardening Celebration (photo courtesy of under-the-edge media)
Sue Gibson, whose School of Gardening is based in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire joined in the fun at the Wyevale Thornbury Garden Centre's Spring Gardening Celebration by running a complimentary workshop on garden border design.
The workshop, held at the centre on Tuesday 24 April, focused on how to design borders.
Comprising a short lecture followed by a practical demonstration, participants learnt how to select plants by their form, texture and colour and then how to assemble a border.
Sue Gibson said: "This is one of the most popular workshops in my school and I was delighted to have been asked to take part in the celebration.
"Many gardeners are put off garden design in much the same way that artists are put off when they are confronted with a blank sheet of paper."
Those taking part then put their new-found knowledge into practice using plants from around the centre which they were able to purchase at a discount.
One such participant was Jeanette Halliday from Charfield near Wotton-under-Edge who describes herself as a 'novice gardener'.
She said: "It was excellent and just the right length for me.
"I can't wait to get home now and put it into practice. When is there going to be another one?"
Garden Centre Manager Simon Rose said: "I am very pleased that Sue was able to join us at Wyevale and that it was such a success.
"To answer Jeanette's question I would like to think that we will be able to organise something similar later on this year; perhaps in the autumn.
"This workshop was just one of the activities that have taken place over the last couple of weeks.
"We have been handing out free activity sheets to give youngsters tips on how to grow cress in a variety of containers including yoghurt pots.
"Children who completed the sheets were given a packet of cress seeds so they can grow their own cress hair."
Simon added: "Photographers were also being invited to take part in a 'Spring' photographic competition with every picture entered going on display and my favourite winning a £50 gift voucher. "
Staff were also be available during the fortnight to give visitors complimentary advice on looking after their gardens this spring.
The event coincided with the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) National Gardening Week, which took place from April 16 until 22 and was aimed at encouraging everyone to get involved in gardening.
The Spring Gardening Celebration was one of a series of free events being organised at the Wyevale Thornbury Garden Centre throughout the year on a number of different gardening topics.
For further information, please call the garden centre which is located just off the A38 at Milbury Heath near Thornbury on 01454 412247 or visit