Professor James Hitchmouth talk on plant design and vegetation technology

The Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society have announced that Professor James Hitchmouth will be speaking on plant design and vegetation technology as part of their 2018 programme of events. This talk will take place on the 14th of February at Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TU starting at 7:30. There will be a small fee on the door for non-members.

James is a Professor of Horticultural Ecology in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the University of Sheffield, one of the world’s leading schools within this discipline. Over the past thirty years he has worked to understand how it might be possible to see both the design and management of horticultural plantings through an ecological lens.

An important part of my design work deals with how randomness can be controlled in naturalistic planting to create long flowering and structurally complex herbaceous vegetation, from either sowing seed in situ or planting.  I am particularly interested in the design of herbaceous vegetation composed of 2-3 overlapping canopy layers.

James has worked on some of the UK’s most prestigious horticultural sites including the Olympic park in London, where together with Professor Nigel Dunnett he was appointed as Planting Design and Horticultural Consultants, and the Royal Horticultural Society garden Wisley to name but two.






(RHS Wisley – Prairie plantings)






(Olympic stadium)






(Tom Stuart Smith Home)







(Burgess Park drainage)


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