Sowing beauty – garden lecture with James Hitchmough

Ref: SGL13462

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About this course

Drawing on the growing interest in using sowing as a technique to contribute to creating planting schemes, not just native wildflower meadows. James Hitchmough will reveal his practice, research and experience of 30 years of creating planting schemes in this lecture-based day based on the content of his best-selling book 'Sowing Beauty'.

Course Description

Following the growing interest in using sowing as a technique to contribute to creating garden planting, and not just native wildflower meadows, James wrote ‘Sowing Beauty’ (published in 2017) to share his experience of making a whole range of herbaceous vegetation types by sowing seed in situ, the result of 30 years of research (very dull) and practice (very terrifying). The main drive behind the work was to make sowing in situ more predictable and therefore reliable, and, indeed, to allow you to design with seed, rather than see it as a sort of act of God. Both practice and research will be revealed in this informative day.

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).


James Hitchmough

James is a tutor with 40 years of experience most of it teaching landscape architecture students design and underpinning theory.


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

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