Garden ponds are an intrinsic part of any garden and can be created in the smallest area. Join John Killingbeck, a former lecturer at Bishop Burton Horticultural College, Yorkshire, in this garden ponds course. Whether you want to create and maintain a haven for wildlife or build something more formal, this course will be a good place to start.
The course is suitable for beginners and more experienced gardeners alike, as John will take into account course participants’ needs in this conversational style course. He will start by taking you through the basics of building and maintaining garden ponds and then go on to cover trickier issues of pond management and stocking
He will use the wildlife pond and the rill here in the garden to illustrate both wildlife and ornamental ponds and as an aid to discussion.
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 Cost £35 (RHS members £28)
John has worked in Horticulture for over 40 years either in his capacity as a head gardener or a lecturer. He is qualified to M.Hort level and has a special interest in ponds and trees.
Our wildlife pond is an artificial pond, designed specifically to be as natural as possible and to encourage wildlife. Our pond dipping at the Wildlife Day has revealed that it is full of life, including newts, dragonfly larvae, Great Diving Beetles, pond snails, leeches and water boatmen. Both dragonflies and damsel flies can be seen hunting over the pond in late summer.
Our Rill Garden, designed by Lizzie Tulip, is in complete contrast to the rest of the garden and uses the gentle sound of water to add to the peace and tranquility of this ornamental garden.