I love talking about gardening to gardeners because understanding is the crucial element of learning and this is just as true for me when I speak to a club, run a workshop or teach a class of twelve as when I talk to an individual in their own garden. I am also spreading the word that gardening, and the connection to nature that it engenders, are good (even vital) to our mental health. I offer talks to groups interested in understanding how as individuals we can use our own gardens to promote wellbeing as well as how more formal Social & Therapeutic Gardening programmes can help via community and support groups.
I have been on both the Royal Horticultural Society Speakers list and the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies Speakers list since 2014, and have given more than 150 talks, not just to horticultural societies but social clubs, retirement associations, U3A and WI. All my talks and classes include plenty of photographs, examples, summaries and, of course, discussion. Many clubs welcome visitors, and of course new members to their talks; check with the club or society for information.
I continue to offer online talks to clubs, societies, W.I. or simply a group of family & friends. I am currently using the Zoom platform and you do not need to sign-up or install anything to take part. Please get in touch if you would like to continue learning and turn frustration into success.
“Thank you for joining us on Tuesday evening via Zoom and talking to us about ‘Plants, Seeds and Pollinators’. This was our first virtual meeting and we thought the format of the meeting worked very well. Your talk was very interesting and informative, and you have certainly inspired our members with ideas on how to create wonderful gardens and try something new! The information about encouraging pollinators into gardens and allotments and suggestions for companion gardening was particularly useful as we support national campaigns.” Harborne Village WI, June 2020
My Gardening classes at Kent Adult Education will be running over Zoom until Easter 2021 and all are just One Hour long – much more manageable for everyone online. There is no duplication of content so you can book onto as many classes as you like knowing that fresh ground will be covered. Some popular topics will be repeated at different times and the course name is the same in this case. Watch this space for information on what happens thereafter!
|Tues Feb 2nd 2021||7-8pm||Choosing and using Roses|
|Tues Feb 9th 2021||7-8pm||Pruning Ornamental trees & shrubs|
|Thurs Feb 11th 2021||2-3pm||Growing herbs at home|
|Thurs Feb 25th 2021||2-3pm||Healthy soil, healthy plants|
|Tues Mar 2nd 2021||7-8pm||Choosing and using climbing plants|
|Tues Mar 9th 2021||7-8pm||Planning a vegetable garden|
|Thurs Mar 11th 2021||2-3pm||A bed for all seasons|
|Thurs Mar 18th 2021||2-3pm||Planting in colour|
|Tues Mar 23rd 2021||7:30-9:30pm||Growing from seed & cuttings|
Full details and booking HERE on the Kent Adult Education website – these are all on Zoom so you do not have to be in Kent to join.
Gardening for Wellbeing
- How gardens and gardening are good for us all
- The mindful gardener
Gardening by Design
- More garden impact for less effort
- Right plant, right place: understanding what will thrive
- How to have a great front garden
- Year-round garden interest (for flower arrangers)
- Creating garden style and impact
- Gardening for wildlife and people too
I am happy to create a talk if you have a particular interest (and I have appropriate knowledge on the subject) or to run a workshop for groups large or small.
I can also offer Therapeutic Horticulture classes and workshops to help organisations, staff or volunteers to tailor gardening activities to the abilities and needs of clients or residents.
What to Expect
My talks typically last an hour including questions and discussion as we go along and I will usually bring a tablet and projector to illustrate the topic. After all, you cannot talk about gardening without photographs of beautiful plants!
My fee for an hour-long talk delivered in person is £80 plus a mileage charge of 40p per mile from my home in Tunbridge Wells. I generally range around Kent, Sussex, Surrey and across the Thames into south Essex for talks but am happy to discuss travelling further afield, especially if there is an interesting garden to visit in the area!
My fee for a talk on Zoom, usually 50 minutes plus questions is £60 and, of course, I am delighted to meet groups from across the country.
What The Audience Say
“Once again thank you for your presentation. It was thought provoking and the way the ideas were presented mean that they will stick in my mind!” More garden impact for less effort, Crawley Down Allotments and Gardens Association, September 2019
“I just wanted to thank you for your talk last Thursday. All the members loved it, particularly that you made it so interactive. We like that style, but not all speakers perform in the same way. I hope we can have you back to talk on one of your other topics in the future!” Year round garden interest, Maidstone Horticultural Society, November 2019
What My Students Say
“I really enjoyed the course and got so enthused by your class I am now completely redesigning my garden! I always felt disappointed by my garden before, it was functional but certainly no “wow” factor. I’ve learnt that choosing a style is the key and gives you direction in everything else you need to decide on. I can’t wait to get started.”
Hayley, student on Design Your Own Garden course, Sevenoaks April 2019.