The long term performance of perennials, with Noel Kingsbury, Saturday 29th July 2017

A day long workshop including a morning lecture followed by hands on learning.

Noel’s garden (image: Nic Lee)

Participants will learn how to make simple observations of perennial growth forms, and link these to long-term performance issues: longevity, rate and degree of spread, levels of self-seeding and competitiveness. They will also be able to make simple predictions of long-term plant performance.

How long will plants survive? Will they spread? Will they seed? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, primarily but not exclusively perennials, focusing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations.

Practitioners can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for appropriate levels of maintenance and in particular to plan for the long-term – important for financial sustainability.

Integral to the day is to get participants thinking about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connects to the way we use them in gardens. Participants will be encouraged to get down on hands and knees to get ‘the rabbit’s eye view’, close observation of plant growing habits and life cycles through the year can greatly empower us as professionals.

The day will be spent both inside with a morning lecture followed by hands on learning in the College’s impressive gardens.

Saturday 29th July

10am to 4-5pm with an hour lunch break. Lunch is not provided. There is a café in the gardens of the college where lunch can be purchased.

Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Ln, Enfield EN1 4RQ

Ticket Prices:
AMLI/CMLI/FLI – £22, Student/Licentiate/Unwaged – £18, Non LI member – £25

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This will be a very popular event, so if you purchase a ticket and can no longer attend then please email us at We can then release your ticket to those on the waiting list, or alternatively you can offer your place to a friend or colleague.

Unfortunately we can only offer refunds up to 48 hours before the event.






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