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Build a Dry Garden

Build a Dry Garden

About the Course

Creating and maintaining beautiful and productive gardens in dry weather.

Scorched plants and withering flowers – not how you anticipated your green space over the summer months? This course aims to show you how to create a garden that what will survive arid summers, grow on sandy and well-drained soils, whilst still bringing wildlife and beauty into your home and garden.

Topics covered include:

Through a mixture of practical and theory your expert tutor will guide you through the basics of arid garden design, looking at how to prepare the ground, make troughs and start planting. You’ll gain a good understanding of alpine and dry weather loving edible plants (great for summer snacks!), and we’ll look at ways to encourage wonderful wildlife into your garden.

Tutor Profile

Ben Wilde works for The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on their Growing the Future (GTF) project. GTF is a five year project to ‘champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being’. Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.


Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tuition, all materials and full board shared accommodation.


Short Courses Team at Centre for Alternative Technology
Centre for Alternative Technology
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Fathers Day
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday

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