Plantsman's Days

Plantsman’s Days run by Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants are held at Bury Court on the last Wednesday of the month, from April to September.  A variety of talks and demonstrations are planned, with full details below.

11.00am to 3.30pm with guided garden tours between 2.00pm and 2.30pm

Admission £7.50

April 26th 2017:  Evolution of Bury Court Gardens. From farmyard to ornamental garden.

May 31st 2017:  Plants grown by Phoenix for the Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

June 28th 2017:  How changes in the climate has affected plant selections for British gardens.

July 26th 2017:  Attracting pollinators and beneficial insects by colour, shape and aroma!

August 30th 2017:  Sanguisorba – one of the most promiscuous genus of plants!

September 27th 2017:  How plant fashions change the nature of British gardens.

A two course lunch, including morning coffee, can be prebooked a week in advance by telephoning Marina on  01420 560695 or by emailing

A copy of the 2017 Plantsman’s Days leaflet can be printed off by clicking the link below:

Bury Court Leaflet 2017

Garden Masterclass

In the Mind’s Eye With Sarah Eberle

Monday, 9th October, 2017

How good is your power of visual evaluation? Being able to analyse what you are looking at is key to understanding the visual strengths and weaknesses of a garden. Sarah will explain at how to develop your analytical skills on site, determining what elements of house and setting have lead to the design layout that exists and establishing which elements are successful and which less so. You will follow up with a proposal for change and development based on your skills of evaluation. The day will include sketching and drawing.

10.00am to 4.30pm


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Garden Masterclass

Using Grasses and Perennials in the Modern Garden With Neil Lucas

Wednesday, 18th October, 2017

Spend the day with the UK’s leading authority on ornamental grasses as he explores the combined use of grasses and perennials in the modern garden to provide beautiful, easily maintained and hugely enjoyable green spaces. Perennials play a central role in the garden: while their vivid colour and provision of food for pollinating insects provides the perfect foil to the tactile nature, movement and lithe beauty of grasses.

Combined with a guided tour of the Piet Oudolf and Christopher Bradley-Hole designed gardens, this day will provide practical advice and inspiration as participants come to understand how grasses and perennials can form a near perfect partnership.

10.00am to 4.30pm


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