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Alpine Nursery
1099 Old Northern Road,
Dural NSW 2158
Tue, 29th Mar 2022
to Tue, 5th Apr 2022
The Landscape Association
02 9630 4844


Horticultural guru, Jonathan Garner from Puddleton Gardens will take you through some deep learnings on the selection and care of plants in this two-part series.

Being held at the amazing Alpine Nursery in Dural, this Masterclass is set to be an informative hands on workshop for participants.

Price includes two sessions being held on the following dates:
Tuesday 29 March – 2:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday 5 April – 2:30pm-4:30pm


Session outline

Session 1 – Soils 

Jonathon will cover off the following topics in Session 1

  • Are plants or structures the priority and how can both prosper?
  • Site assessment and onsite testing and demonstrating soil type (jar tests)  
  • Soil and drainage
  • Initial preparation and protection during construction phase and simple and affordable preparation practices
  • Planter box media 
  • Imported soil blends


Session 2 – Plants

The following will be covered off Session 2

  • Species and stock selection
  • How we plant and the best time to plant  
  • Preparing and establishing plants during drought
  • Hedge planting
  • Transplanting 
  • Watering and irrigation
  • Pruning before, during and after 
  • Planting around mature trees
  • Specialised techniques – Espalier, Pleaching, Hedge laying 



About Jonathan

Jonathan Garner began his horticultural studies in 1988 at Ryde School of Horticulture whilst serving as apprentice to one of Sydney’s senior and respected landscape gardeners. To further his skills and knowledge, he moved to Surrey England to work as head gardener on a private estate and to gain his city & guilds certificate in Horticulture. His studies at Merrist Wood College also provided him with the experience of involvement at Chelsea flower show and RHS Wisley Gardens.

Since returning to Australia in 1993, Jonathan has built a reputation as one of the States most skilled gardeners and knowledgeable horticulturists. His enthusiasm and respect from industry peers, saw him elected as NSW President and in 2010, the youngest appointed “Fellow’ of the Australian Institute of Horticulture. He has lectured and spoken on behalf of the AIH, Royal Botanic Gardens, TAFE colleges, Sydney in Bloom’s expert panel, Gardening Australia expo, National Trust, Garden clubs and The Landscape Contractors Association of NSW in the specialised practices of “Espalier & Plant Training”, “Pruning techniques”, “Soil management”, “Crop Protection” and “Plant Establishment practices”. His ability to explain often complex & technical information in an understandable manner has seen him host gardening talkback on ABC radio

In 2007 Jonathan had his first book published. “Dry Gardening Australia” focused on sustainable gardening from the soil up. It’s practical and responsible advice led to great reviews from the Horticultural media and made it one of the best selling gardening books of the year. Jonathan provides a unique service of training staff onsite, continuing mentoring, horticultural consulting and specialised technical services to landscape contractors, designers and garden owners.

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