An introduction to propagation with Benjamin Pope

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About this course

A day where you will discover the magic of propagation, and you will leave with both confidence and knowledge to propagate and a few young plants for your garden .

Course Description

The day will begin with a lecture looking at the basic principles of propagation, illustrating why and how we propagate plants, including the different methods used, depending on plant species and time of year. The morning will then progress to a practical session on seed sowing and taking cuttings for late summer and autumn, although the skills learnt here will be transferable to other times of the year.

After lunch, the practical experience continues, focusing on the aftercare that seedlings require once germinated and when cuttings have rooted. There will be time for a tour around the growing structures of West Dean Gardens, before the day concludes with a demonstration of the various equipment, materials and suppliers that will help you continue on with your propagation journey.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Some seeds, modules and pots, compost and growing media, plants and seedlings

What students need to bring

  • Sharp secateurs or snips
  • Thin gardening gloves (if required)

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Benjamin Pope

Ben Pope has been in the horticulture industry for the last 19 years, studying and training at the Merrist Wood and RHS Wisley, where he was awarded Best Practical and Best Overall Student. His work experience ranges from nursery practices and propagation in Australia through to design and horticultural research in London for the practice of Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

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