About

Theory & Practical combine for Success

Hi, I am Alison Marsden and I have gardened in Kent for more than 20 years, first in Sevenoaks and now in Southborough so I have worked with both acid sand and heavy clay.  Gardeners are constantly learning and I love exploring new designs and planting ideas, always remembering that plants need to match the conditions that the garden offers of course.

Gardening by Design, Kent

My formal gardening education started with the Royal Horticultural Society’s General Certificate many years ago and I continued to study plants and garden design.  From 2010-12 I passed the two RHS Level 3 Theory Certificates and qualified as an adult education tutor.  Whether in a formal classroom or in a one-to-one conversation in your garden I combine horticultural science with practical experience to explain the Why as well as the How of gardening.  You will not be ‘swamped by science’ but you will learn the key principles that turn frustration into success and enable you to go on gardening long after the session is over.

More recently I have become involved in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, taking an undergraduate award with the charity Thrive and Coventry University.  Always a firm believer that gardening is good for mental as well as physical well-being I am delighted to be extending my Adult Education teaching to community learning projects this year, helping a range of local groups to garden together including West Kent Mind and the brain injury association Headway.

I make gardening advice visits in person across West Kent and into Sussex and Surrey and offer support for gardeners further afield via telephone, email. photos and internet services such as Skype.  In Spring 2017 I launched a series of online video gardening topics based on my most popular talks called the ‘Box of Tricks’.

Alongside advising and teaching, I write the monthly gardening column in a local West Kent magazine, The Town Crier, and was the Gardening Guru for the Woolly Green Gardeners blog for three years answering Twitter questions on the weekly gardening hour #WoolliesAskAlison.

Join me on social media for posts and tweets on all thing gardening or sign up to my newsletter for video tips, snippets, advice and offers on my Box of Tricks.