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Fergus Garrett: A Gardener’s Cabinet

Tim Richardson continues his brand new series: ‘Gardener’s Cabinets’. Each guest will choose for their cabinet eight ‘items’ which have been an influence on their work: a book or a piece of music, a single garden or a favourite plant, a place or a building.

His second guest is Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, who was appointed as Head Gardener by Christopher Lloyd in 1993. Tim hopes that by learning more about Fergus’ influences and inspirations we will understand the person and process behind the celebrated gardens at Great Dixter.

Also coming up…

Tim Richardson’s Seasonal Salon: Penelope Lively, Life in the Garden
Tuesday 12th June

Speaker Biographies

  • Fergus Garrett

    Fergus Garrett

    Appointed in 1993 as Head Gardener of Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd, Fergus continues to keep the garden constantly changing throughout the season by trying out new plants and plant-combinations. Fergus believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student- and volunteer programmes at Dixter and through worldwide lectures he gives every year. Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants native to Turkey. Among other honours, Fergus was given the Royal Horticultural Society Associate of Honour in 2008 and in 2015, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practise of horticulture.

  • Tim Richardson

    Tim Richardson

    Tim Richardson, garden historian and landscape critic, is an irreverent commentator on all matters pertaining to gardens. He was gardens editor at Country Life, at *Wallpaper magazine and edited New Eden, the contemporary gardens magazine. He is now a regular columnist in the gardening pages of the Daily Telegraph.

Image: Carol Casselden - Long Border in June