Annual Lecture: Good planting - designing with plants

Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter
The Botanic Garden is delighted that legendary plantsman and gardener Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter will give this year's Annual Lecture on the theme of Good Planting - designing with plants.

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is a historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.
Fergus Garrett has been described as ‘the gentle keeper of Great Dixter’. He joined as Head Gardener in 1992 and worked closely with Christopher Lloyd, fondly known as Christo, until his death in 2006.

Fergus says of Christo: ‘He was an extraordinary character, a kind, generous, intelligent man who loved people but at the same time didn’t suffer fools gladly. His garden has remained a place of pilgrimage for adventurous gardeners throughout the world and his spirit and style lives on there and in his
writing. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest garden writers and gardeners of all time and his influence is immense.’ Fergus now combines his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with lecturing, writing articles, serving on Royal Horticultural Society committees and, as Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, moving the garden forward in ever more exciting directions.

The lecture takes place on Thursday 14 November 2013 in the main auditorium at Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN. Doors open 7.00 pm and lecture starts 7.30 pm.

Please join us for celebratory drinks and canapés after the lecture, which will be served in the Dining Hall adjacent to the auditorium.
7.00pm for 7.30pm
£20 for Friends of the Botanic Garden; £25 for non-Friends
Bookings close 12 November
Booking Details
Please contact the Outreach Office to purchase Annual Lecture tickets on 01223 336271 or email

Tickets must be pre-booked and pre-paid - there is no on the night box office. Payment can be made over the telephone with a credit or debit card. Closing date for ticket applications is Tuesday 12 November.
Contact Details
01223 336271 or
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