Simon Rickard Online Gardening in a Changing Climate Masterclass Series

Thursday 20 January, 2022

There are three masterclass dates:

Thursday 20th JanuaryGardening in a changing climate
Thursday 17th MarchLate Summer - the time of dormancy
Thursday 28th JulyWinter - a time of growth

All sessions 7.30-9pm

  • All tickets to be pre-purchased via Trybooking. Ticket purchases strictly close on midday on the day of each event.
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  • This online event is LIVE only (not recorded). 


Tickets via Trybooking: Individual sessions $50, special discount for all three sessions $130

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Simon Rickard is renowned for his wisdom and passion for plants and gardens and was head gardener at the Diggers Club until 2009, overseeing one of Australian’s best-known gardens: Heronswood (since 1871) and its sister garden, the Garden of St Erth. These days, he runs a garden design, consultancy and coaching service. Simon leads international garden tours for Abercromie & Kent and Botanica World Discoveries, and he delivers lectures and workshops for international audiences for the Australian Landscape Conference. Simon has written two books, The New Ornamental Garden (2011) and Heirloom Vegetables - a guide to their history and varieties (2014).

Each masterclass consists of a 30 minute live talk followed by a pre-recorded virtual tour of his inspiring garden which features plants sourced from all four corners of the globe.This will be used to explain some of the concepts being discussed. There'll be a 30 minute Q&A session at the end. Brief notes will be provided for each session. Take advantage of the three package discount, available until Monday 17th January 2022.

Further details as follows:

Session 1: Thursday 20 January - Understanding Climate and Plant Fundamentals. Featuring the early summer garden.

This session will cover:

  • Understanding our climate
  • Rainfall/evaporation/temperature
  • Introducing the Mediterranean climates
  • Understanding plant physiology - heat as a limiting factor, adaptations to dry summers
  • Where to look for the right plants
  • A look around Simon’s early summer garden

 Session 2: Thursday 17 March — Late Summer - the time of dormancy

  • Changing our expectations - Summer: a time of drought and dormancy
  • Approaches to summer gardens - let it go brown or try to maintain the green?
  • A look around Simon’s late summer garden examining some of the plants -  why he has chosen them, how he has combined them.

 Session 3: Friday 29 July — Winter - a time of growth

  • Changing our expectations - Winter: a time of moisture and growth
  • Approaches to winter gardens - how to introduce colour and beauty
  • A look around Simon’s winter garden examining some of the plants -  why he has chosen them, how he has combined them.


You can see more of Simon's Garden:

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