Creating outdoor spaces is often considered something that you need to have a knack for – many non-gardeners assume that all gardeners are blessed with green fingers. But in reality it’s all about good practice, knowing about what you are planting and knowing the basics of planting whether in borders or pots. And we’ve found that the quickest way to get a fast-track introduction is by doing a day course. Last summer we spent the day at Sarah Raven’s beautiful Perch Hill home. As well as meeting other gardeners, of all abilities, the full day’s teaching gives you a proper in-depth insight into everything from planting perfect pots to starting a kitchen garden. The schedule of courses includes lots of inspiring workshops, given by Sarah or in collaboration with other experts including Liz Earle and Tricia Guild. This year there are also days at other sites including Emma Bridgewater’s Factory and Bix Manor in Oxfordshire. We are particularly looking forward to an Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah where she’ll be in conversation with either Adam or Juliet Nicolson. Best of all the gardens are closed to the public so you are free to have a wander on your own, before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner from the Perch Hill team.