Dates and times

site analysis: observation, soil, water, aspect
​response to site: what does the site want to be and what do you want from it?
materials and human spaces: paths, lawns, food etc
future climate: drought tolerance and weather extremes
planting, seeding and establishment
benefits: environmental, financial, personal
management and evolution of plantings
plant suggestions for the present and future
Beginners or experienced gardeners who are interested in rethinking traditional planting or starting a garden on poor soil.
Stout footwear and outdoor clothing. This course will take place in our indoor classroom and outdoors in our Wildflower Meadow which will involve walking on uneven ground. Please contact us before booking if you have mobility concerns.
Packed lunch or lunch is available from the Beech Cafe.
There will be an opportunity to purchase some of Tom's plants after the course, payments must be in cash only.
Tom Nielsen is a gardener, garden designer and nursery owner who specialises in naturalistic design and planting using nature positive plants that are reliable, tough and beautiful. He is a self-confessed plant obsessive and is constantly growing and trialling new species and selections in his garden and trial beds. Tom trained in botanical horticulture through a HBGBS scholarship at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and then worked as staff there before setting up his own design practice and nursery in West Somerset. He has also worked in Nicaragua in an agroforestry research farm and his garden was featured on BBC Gardeners' World last year.
Course summary

This course will provide an overview of the principles of gardening with climate change and biodiversity in mind.  Participants will learn how to analyse site conditions and work with nature to create resilient gardens.  Tom designs inspirational planting to cope with increased fluctuations in temperature and rainfall we are now experiencing. Discover how carefully selected planting true to a particular soil type can behave like a natural landscape saving the need to artificially suspend planting with watering and soil enrichment.  The theory on this day will be interspersed with a survey of our beautiful wildflower meadow and a study of suitable plants from a selection from Tom's own nursery.  ​The Sustainability Centre is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Hampshire.

Apprentice teachers
No apprentice teacher places available on this course
Tom Nielson's Gardening in a Changing Climate Course
Course type
Engagement style
Face to face

Postal address of venue

The Sustainability Centre
Droxford Road
East Meon
GU32 1HR
United Kingdom

Course contact email
Contact name
Wendy Turner
Contact telephone number
01730 823166

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