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This Gardens Illustrated masterclass will focus on how Nigel's planting design methods achieve very long-season, naturalistic planting schemes. The masterclass will draw upon examples from Nigel's projects and his own garden, and emphasis will be placed on how these principles can work on a smaller scale.

All registrants will be sent a link to view the Masterclass recording. You will be able to watch this recording for a maximum of four times.

This Masterclass is part of the new Gardens Illustrated Series: www.bigmarker.com/series/gardensillustrated-masterclass-series-2022/
  • The principles of successional planting, layering and ecological compatibility.
  • The painterly approach to planting design: creating ‘impressionistic’ colour combinations and a naturalistic look.
  • The practical aspects of design, installation and maintenance.
Nigel Dunnett
Nigel is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield and Director of Nigel Dunnett Studio. He is one of the world’s leading voices on planting design, and a pioneer of the new ecological approach to gardens and landscapes. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input but high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature.

His work is based on decades of detailed experimental work, and widespread application in practice, collaborating with a wide range of other professions, and his work has been widely applied in the UK and abroad.

Nigel has authored and co-authored key books on planting design, water-sensitive design, urban rainwater management, green roofs, and urban landscape planting, including ‘Naturalistic Planting Design: The Essential Guide’ (Filbert Press) which won ‘European Garden Book of the Year, 2021. In 2020, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute in recognition of his contribution to sustainable urban greening and planting design and is a former Garden Club of America International Fellow.
Stephanie Mahon
Stephanie Mahon is the Editor of Gardens Illustrated. Twice winner of the Garden Media Guild Journalist of the Year Award, she is also the author of several books including Wild Gardens, published by HarperCollins in 2022.

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