Understanding is the crucial element of learning and this is just as true for me when I speak to a club or teach a class of 10 as when I talk to an individual in their own garden. All my talks and classes include plenty of photographs, examples, summaries and, of course, discussion. Any group of gardeners has a huge amount of knowledge between them and I fill the gaps and help everyone ‘join the dots’ so that they leave understanding the whole picture.
I have been teaching for Kent Adult Education since 2010, based in the Sevenoaks Centre where there is ample parking for students. Classes range from Garden Design to Grow your Own via individual sessions on plant groups such as Roses and skills such as Pruning. You can see all my classes and book online through the Kent Adult Education website.
If your club, society or school group wants to be informed not just entertained, how about a talk on a gardening topic of your choice? All (reasonable) gardening topics can be covered but the most popular talks that I regularly give are:
- More garden impact for less effort
- Right plant, right place: understanding what will thrive
- Front gardens: making the most of your house
- Year round garden interest (for flower arrangers)
- Creating garden style and impact
- Nature friendly gardening: great for people too
Alternatively I am very happy to tailor a talk if you have a particular interest. I am always prepared to provide an “emergency gardening talk” if your speaker cancels and I am not otherwise engaged. Fees are the same so it is always worth giving me a call, even for the same day.
Talks typically last an hour with time for questions and discussion as we go along. I will usually bring a tablet and projector to illustrate the topic so it helps if the venue has a screen or a flat, blank wall and electric sockets. My fee for an hour long talk is £70 plus a mileage charge of 40p per mile from my home in Tunbridge Wells.
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 80 talks to societies and clubs. I do love spending an afternoon or evening talking to gardeners about gardening, especially as tea and biscuits are usually involved! It is also lovely to get emails afterwards:
Right Plant, Right Place: understanding what will thrive
“Many thanks for your talk last night – I’ve heard nothing but good things about it & the science behind it, which took several of our members by surprise. They now think that they must be closet scientists, because you confirmed what they’d always thought!”
Creating garden style and impact
“A quick note to say a very big thank you again for a wonderful evening last night. It was great fun and very informative. I think we all went away from there with a bit more confidence in our gardening abilities.”
Year round garden interest
“Thank you so much for entertaining and informing us about how to get a balanced garden of interest for all the year round. I’m sure many of our new members found it particularly valuable and it made us older ones think.”
Contact me to discuss your ideas.