• 24 August 2024

Water gardening with Jo McKerr and Jason Mitchell (water ecologist)

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Water is vital to an effective and diverse wildlife garden. Many invertebrates require water to complete their lifecycles along with cherished amphibians such as toads and frogs. Managing and creating bodies of water that function well is a learning and a craft that has been lost from the horticultural industry. Water is too often seen as an outsourced bit of engineering and architecture in a garden rather than an evolving landscape.

This workshop will explore the many ecological and environmental functions of water within a garden. How to marry aquatic ecology with the aesthetics of the water garden. We will discuss the many ways in which you can devise water bodies and how you might plant or seed around them. We will do some good old fashioned pond dipping and touch on biological indicator species as a way of understanding aquatic ecology. Crucially, we will look at ways of managing waterways with an understanding of them as an evolving habitat.


We will eat a vegetarian lunch. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know when you book your course.

Cancellation policy

As a small business it’s not sustainable for us to offer refunds. If you need to cancel your place up to 28 days before the event you will be offered a credit towards another workshop

Event Information

  • 10am – 4pm (arrive at 9.30 for coffee/tea)
  • Group Size – 10 people
  • This course is for professionals, eager gardeners, and wildlife enthusiasts. Come ready to spend the day outdoors come rain or shine. You might want to bring a notebook, camera and maybe some pictures of the project you are working on.
  • Vegetarian Lunch included.