Masterclass Online: How to Become a Greener Gardener

Online Masterclass: How to Become a Greener Gardener

Kick off 2021 with a better understanding of how to reduce your gardening carbon footprint with our latest Masterclass Online.

Make a New Year’s resolution to reduce your garden’s carbon footprint and become a better gardener at the same time. Host David Hurrion, will reveal some essential gardening principles, as well as his tips and techniques which can be easily adopted to help you reduce your impact on both the climate and the natural environment in 2021.


With more than 40 years of practical gardening experience, horticultural expert and Associate Editor, David Hurrion in our next online Masterclass, How to Become a Greener Gardener will discuss the changing climate and the impact of gardeners on the environment, basic gardening techniques and designs including alternatives to the standard garden lawn, plus plant health and care, water conservation, choosing the right plants for your garden, organic gardening, recycling and composting, gardening for wildlife and more.

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, How to Become a Greener Gardener, on Friday 22 January, 2021 at 12 noon (GMT)*. 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 for a period of seven days from the following Monday (25 January) after the live webinar. 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 discover methods and techniques to become a greener and more eco-conscious gardener this year. This hour-long Masterclass Online (with extra time for questions) will cover the following topics:

  • Gardeners and green issues – changing climate, effects of the built environment, microclimates and gardening, throwaway culture, organic gardening methods
  • Basic gardening techniques and design – weed suppression with mulching, multi-layered planting for shade, alternatives to lawn, direct sowing, reducing chemical use, permanent plantings, effects of water on gardens
  • Soil essentials – soil structure and constituents, natural life cycles, soil improvement, minimising cultivation, ridge and furrow planting, soil warming, and mulching
  • Plant care – feeding, pruning for health, water application, growing in the ground, sacrificial planting
  • Water conservation – reducing impermeable surfaces, rainfall capture, droughts, water loss from plants, soak-aways, dormant season planting, surface mulching, weed suppression
  • Choosing the right plants – make the most of your microclimate, reduce vulnerable tender planting, accounting for plant height and spread, planting for succession and development
  • Reducing food, plant and gardening miles –  growing your own food, raising plants from seeds and cuttings, reducing chemicals, composts and sundries
  • Gardening with wildlife – fruiting plants, working with neighbours to create inter-linked larger habitats, beneficial insects, living soil
  • Growing without artificial chemicals and plastics – impact of chemicals, impact on plants and environment, coir pellets, pots and soil blocks, basic techniques, biological control
  • Recycling and composting – sustainable materials, reusing plants in the garden, rejuvenation by pruning, recycling, successful homemade compost, natural recycling of seasonal leaves

Your Masterclass host

Expert tutor, our Associate Editor, David Hurrion, will share his years of gardening experience, and answer your questions on methods and techniques for gardening in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way in a live Q&A session. 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 22 January, 2021 at 12 noon (GMT)

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

Recording A recording of the live course will be made available to all registered attendees to re-watch for a period of seven days – a link will be sent to you by email the following Monday (25 January) after the live Masterclass, allowing you to re-watch tips and techniques whilst you create your own decorations.

Book now

To book your place on our  How to Become a Greener Gardener 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.

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.