Discover the secrets of innovation in planting design (including creating exotic gardens) taught by Ireland’s foremost planting design expert, and TV host, Jimi Blake
Jimi’s palette of plants, never before shared in an online classroom format with feedback, is becoming a must have for horticulture and design curriculums all over the world. This course is a unique chance to learn directly from an outstanding plantsman – Jimi Blake. It’s so exciting to be able to bring Jimi’s planting style to a worldwide audience. We look for experts who really know their stuff, and who set trends in their industries and Jimi is an expert who many people in the garden design and planting industries turn to for advice. And it was a privilege to film at the magical Hunting Brook Gardens – which was recently featured on BBC Gardeners’ World
Elspeth Briscoe (CEO of Learning with Experts)
Jimi is an exceptionally skilled plantsman. Ireland has a fantastic gardening climate: mild winters and cool summers, so it is possible to mix and match an extraordinary range of flora. (Except that this is not San Francisco, every now and again there is a cold winter!) Generally a lot of Southern Hemisphere plants, New Zealand and Chilean, do incredibly well, so Jimi’s planting design ethos and plant knowledge is extremely valuable to designers and enthusiasts all over the world.During the lessons you’ll see aralias in Jimi Blake's garden – Hunting Brook, where the drive has a whole forest of A. echinocaulis, whose seed he collected in China; they cast little shade so he can grow masses of perennials beneath them. Just at the end of its season, this garden still had plenty of late colour from dahlias, salvias and lobelias, and some wonderfully frothy persicarias.
Dr Noel Kingsbury (horticulturist and writer), originally introduced Jimi to Learning with Experts.
I’m excited to be sharing my planting and plant knowledge with a global audience and I can’t wait to see how adventurous students on my course will be with their planting choices.
Jimi Blake, Learning with Experts' tutor