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. Earlier this 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 autumn schedule of courses has just been released and it 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 Oxleaze Barn in Gloucestershire and Bix Manor in Oxfordshire. We particularly love the sound of the day with Rachel de Thame, in which the Gardener’s World contributor will teach hard landscaping and design for small spaces in the morning and Sarah will give an insight into growing food and flowers in small spaces in the afternoon. It’s also a great opportunity to see Perch Hill in its autumnal beauty – which is in itself a sight to behold.