Planning and Planting your Allotment with BBC Gardener of the Year Winner Katherine Crouch

Countryside & Gardens

Day course

Katherine Crouch

27 October 2021


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Interested on how to get the best from your allotment? What can you do to make sure you have a healthy, good looking plot? Is your allotment looking in bad shape, covered in weeds, debris and rubbish?

Spend a day with BBC Gardener of the year Winner 1999 Katherine Crouch showing her allotment through the year, with ample pauses for questions and discussion. Then we will take a tour of the allotments in the Dillington Walled Garden. Afterwards we will return indoors for a discussion about the produce most worth growing, followed by question and answers.

Get your green fingers at the ready to learn new ideas and chat with like minded people, you can’t beat the taste of freshly home grown carrots, crunchy courgettes or pukka potatoes!

Tutor information

In the late 1970’s, garden design was not yet a popular career. There was landscape architecture and amenity horticulture or horticultural diplomas, none of which appealed to me, so I studied Product Design instead, graduating in 1981.

Fast forward 15 years to living in my first house in Somerset. Having excavated and built a garden from scratch behind our bungalow, my husband and I opened our garden for the National Garden Scheme from 1996 to 2000 which was enormous fun.

In 1999 I entered and won the first BBC Gardener of the Year competition, and the following year the queue on the garden Open Day went round the block. As clients were now demanding my services I set up Katherine Crouch Garden Design in early 2000 and have since been designing gardens all over the South West.

Proving it wasn’t just a fluke the first time round, I won BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008 and the fun of developing gardens continues. I also won a Gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show for designing a display for Kings Seeds 125th anniversary.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.