The art of ecological gardening: creative techniques and approaches – garden lecture with Sid Hill

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About this course

This lecture day will focus on ecological gardening and offers both novice and professional gardeners new insights, inspiration and techniques in how to implement ecological principles in our gardening practice. This lecture is about creating and managing gardens that offer beauty, biodiversity and resources.

Course Description

In this lecture Sid will explore ecological principles for gardeners and how this relates to our gardening practice, discussing vegetation turnover, environmental stresses and disturbance and how ecological understanding can transform how we interact with plants and the land. He will delve into the fascinating world of soil and how it affects plant behaviour and plant community dynamics.

Sid will explore thoughtful approaches to garden management, taking inspiration from rewilding, creative horticulture and conservation management to tend gardens over time while working towards our goals. How can gardeners be ecosystem engineers and create ecological diversity, beautiful gardens and produce food? It includes the practical implementation and management of ecological plantings and meadows. Building on the learning throughout the day, this lecture will delve into the creation of new gardens and plantings and how we take ecological principles into our landscaping. It will cover how to establish, manage, enhance and troubleshoot ecological plantings.

Sid Hill is an ecological designer and gardener based in Cornwall whose passion is to create landscapes and plantings that echo wild plant communities, meadows, woodlands and wetlands, whilst producing food, restoring environments and improving people’s lives. He grew up on a permaculture farm and has been a keen gardener since childhood.

Please note this course will take place in The Old Library, at West Dean College, so please use the College car park. Please arrive between 9.30-9.45am. The course starts at 10am and ends at 3pm. Lunch is included.


Timetable for Garden Lectures

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 10am - 3pm.

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Additional information

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


Sid Hill

Sids passion is to create landscapes and plantings that echo wild plant communities, meadows, woodlands and wetlands, whilst producing resources, restoring environments and improving people's lives. He is passionate about working with plants to solve contemporary issues and regenerate landscapes. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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