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Great Dixter Gardens in the Fall


The Spirit of a 20th Century Garden

Wednesday, September 4  |  7 p.m.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter in Northiam, England and holder of the Royal Horticulture Society Victoria Medal of Honour, discuss how to combine plants, considering sense of place, color, shape, texture, and repetition. Learn how to contrast plants, how to add punctuation in a border, and how to create intimacy, movement, and balance.


•  6 p.m. - Cocktails & reception (cash bar) + Meet & Greet with Olbrich Horticulture staff

•  7 p.m. - Lecture: The Spirit of a 20th Century Garden

•  8 p.m. - Q&A with audience

•  8:30 - 10:30 p.m. - GLEAM viewing (optional add-on)


Olbrich Member - $15 ($16.74 w/ service fee)

General Public - $18 ($19.89 w/ service fee)


(No additional tickets will be available at the door.)

Fergus Garrett

Fergus Garrett

Fergus Garrett trained in horticulture at Wye College, London University. He began his career working in Kent at the English Gardening School, and then moved on to the Unusual Plants Nursery in Essex.

In 1992 he became head gardener at Great Dixter, working closely with Christopher Lloyd until Lloyd’s death in 2006. Currently the Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Fergus recently became a Royal Horticulture Society Victoria Medal of Honour Holder. This honor is awarded to British horticulturists resident in the United Kingdom whom the Royal Horticultural Society Council considers deserving of special honour by the Society. The Society's rules state that only sixty-three horticulturists can hold the VMH at any given time, in commemoration of the sixty-three years of Queen Victoria's reign.


Great Dixter - (greatdixter.co.uk)

Gardens at Great Dixter in Northiam, England

Great Dixter has become a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. Originally the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, the property features a historic house, and garden known for the way in which it merges the natural and the cultivated world.

The Garden’s long grass, scattered ponds, old walls and changing flower borders provide a rich environment for all manner of fauna and flora. Great Dixer has become a centre of education where young horticulturists come to receive the highest standards of training, working under the tutelage of Fergus and his team, in order to produce the head gardeners of the future.



Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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