Masterclass Online: Gardening in Shade

Masterclass Online: Gardening in Shade

Join host, David Hurrion for our latest online Masterclass on successfully gardening in shade on Friday 21 May, 2021.

Shade is often seen as a major problem but our latest Masterclass Online: Gardening in Shade with expert David Hurrion provides plenty of tips and advice to help you make the most of even the darkest recesses of your plot. David will show you how to take inspiration from natural woodland conditions and plant growth cycles, as well as revealing how all types of shade change through the seasons. There’ll also be plenty of inspiration for which plants to choose – not only flowering plants, but vegetable crops and fruit too. David will reveal how to create the best growing conditions for success in shade and share his hints on plant establishment. So join the latest BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Masterclass Online and learn how to become a better gardener.

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Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, and be able to download a set of notes from the course.

Join our online Masterclass, Gardening in Shade on Friday 21 May, 2021 at 12 noon (BST)*. Tickets cost £15 – subscribers save 20 per cent, please find instructions further down this page for claiming your subscriber discount.

*If you’re unable to attend the live session, all registered attendees will also be able to watch a recording of the live session, which will be made available shortly after the live session, by email. You’ll have the opportunity to re-watch the recording up to three times, this is not time limited. Please note, you’ll be unable to take part in the live Q&A session.


What’s in the Masterclass

Join our Associate Editor David Hurrion for a Masterclass to bring life and colour into the darkest, most difficult spots in your garden. This hour-long Masterclass Online (with roughly 20-30 minutes extra time for questions) will cover the following topics:

  • Why is shade a problem for plants – photosynthesis, energy, secondary pest problems, neglect of difficult areas
  • Shade in nature
  • Benefits of shade
  • Causes of shade in gardens
  • How shade changes through the seasons – earth angle, latitude, day length, aspect
  • Shade and light levels – light intensity, ambient light, reflected light
  • Types of shade – percentage of shade cover, shade in combination with other conditions
  • Improving conditions for growing in shade – soil conditions, organic matter, feeding, pruning
  • Inspiration for shaded conditions – plants for different aspects and types of shade
  • Shaded productivity – crops and fruit to grow in shade

Your Masterclass host

With more than 40 years of practical gardening experience, expert tutor, David Hurrion, will share his years of gardening experience, and answer your questions on lawn care in a live Q&A session with our Gardening Editor, Emma Crawforth. David has led many live masterclasses for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and, now is bringing his skills to you online, so you can learn from him from the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world.

David was knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. I learnt so much, and it was fun and informative

Participant on a previous live Masterclass with David Hurrion

Your Masterclass itinerary

Friday 21 May, 2021 at 12 noon (BST)

Presentation Horticultural expert, David Hurrion will lead a one-hour online presentation

Q&A David will invite your questions for a live Q&A session after the Masterclass presentation

Handout notes You’ll be able to download a set of course notes for reference, these will also be available with the recording

Recording A recording of the live course will be made available to all registrants to re-watch at a time which suits you. You’ll be able to watch the recording up to three times, with your own personalised link which will be sent to you shortly after the end of the live session


Book now

To book your place on our Gardening in Shade Masterclass Online costs £15 – subscribers save 20 per cent on the ticket price, please find your exclusive discount code on the Subscriber Club offers page.

Book your place now

Note, please ensure your email address is entered correctly at point of registration so you receive your link to join the class. If you have any difficulty booking please drop us a line.

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Get more advice from David

To get a taster of the Masterclass and get more information and advice from David Hurrion check out our weekly video series, Ask David, in which he answers your gardening questions.

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