The Barnsdale Gardens’ Advisory Service is a natural extension of the practical advice and ideas that have been given to visitors over the past 25 years. During this time, Nick Hamilton has led a range of successful classes at Barnsdale but felt the time was right to offer his expertise to a wider audience on a more personal basis. The new service will enable garden owners to have their own particular gardening challenges addressed using an on-site consultation process.
With a sound base of formal horticultural training and vast practical experience, not to mention learning from his father, Geoff Hamilton, the greatest television gardener, Nick is exceptionally well qualified to lead Barnsdale’s new Advisory Service. His passion for gardening began at an early age and is as strong today as ever.
Nick took over the running of Barnsdale Gardens when Geoff died and continues to drive its development. While the Gardens have moved on, Nick has remained true to Geoff’s ideology; ensuring that whatever is done with the individual gardens they are always relevant to what visitors may have, or want to achieve in their gardens at home.
The wide range of courses on offer at Barnsdale, aimed primarily at amateur gardeners, continues to grow. These courses complement the Advisory Service to give people even more choice when acquiring the knowledge they need to develop their own gardens. The following list illustrates just some of the areas covered by the courses, and provides a useful checklist of topics for those wishing to use the more personal Advisory Service:
Costs for Barnsdale’s new Advisory Service are £100 for a 2 hour consultation (within a 30 mile radius of Barnsdale Gardens) and £200 for a 2 hour consultation beyond that distance. For any work carried out after the initial consultation the cost will be £65 per hour plus travelling expenses. These rates apply to consultations and work carried out within England. Any enquiries outside the country can be quoted on an individual basis.