Training Days & Visits

PlantNetworks holds meetings at gardens to support horticultural networking and hands on-training depending on the arrangements for the day.  These are small and relaxed meetings, often with just 8-10 people, allowing networking with other PlantNetwork members and an opportunity to go home inspired with new contacts, ideas, and skills.

Thank you to all the gardens who have thrown open their doors and gates, if you would like to host a garden visit or training day please contact us.


Rupert Wilson, Aug 2014

Health and wellbeing in horticulture and gardens.

The Eden Project. 13th and 14th September 2018.Over 40 people, representing over 32 gardens and organisations met at The Eden Project to discuss the opportunities for horticulture, gardens and the wider landscape in the roles of health and wellbeing.

Assessing and developing a Spirit of Place document for your garden

Staff representing a range of 10 gardens attended this training day at the National Trust garden Nymans on the 12th July 2018. Presentations and discussions focussed on the purpose and contents of plans such as conservation Management Plans, garden Management Plans, Statements of Significance and Spirit of Place documents. Stephen Herrington Head gardener at Nymans led a tour of Nymans explaining how the planing process, including Spirit of Place, had led to decision making at Nymans Gardens.

Science in Gardens

Reports from the Science in Gardens day at the home of Charles Darwin, Down House, 20th June 2018. It is 20 years since Down House was reopened to the public by English Heritage, supported by a wide range of organisations and donors. The day focused on science and the public engagement in science in gardens, and highlighted the work and the experiments Darwin carried out at down House. It was brought up to date with opportunities for science in gardens today.

Managing gardens and plant collections within universities and other institutions

Reports from the meeting on19 October 2017, Treborth Botanic Garden, University of Bangor North Wales. Delegates shared experiences from Sheffield Botanic Garden, Winterbourne House and Garden and Treborth which prompted broad discussion on how we manage our gardens and often need to justify their existence to their owner bodies.

Meadow management at Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place 13th July 2016. A practical field based training day spending the day looking at the range of meadows at Wakehurst and behind the scenes to learn about machinery, seed preparation and the nursery.