Gardening for insects – garden talk with Jo McKerr

Ref: SGT13232

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About this course

How do you support pollinators and other beneficial insects in your garden? Come and find out how to make your garden both aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sound.

Course Description

Invertebrates are in trouble – climate change, habitat loss and pesticide use are depleting numbers at an astonishing rate. Gardeners have a unique opportunity to reverse this trend and benefit from tending a biodiverse and beautiful patch. Learn all about mosaic habitats, the benefits of dead wood and the many ways our gardens and lives depend on the butterflies, bees and bugs. Our gardens can look good and do good.


1:30pm - 1.45pm: Arrival and registration at West Dean College

2:00pm: Talk in Old Library with Jo McKerr

3:30pm: Talk ends with afternoon tea and biscuits at the College, followed by time to wander around West Dean Gardens (gardens close at 5pm)


For timetable information please refer to 'About this course'.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Notebook and pen, should you wish to take notes

Additional information

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


Jo McKerr

Jo McKerr is a trained gardener and garden designer from Somerset.


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

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