Talks

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?

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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 £60 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 70 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.”

Pruning – why & how
“We found your talk very informative; it was very useful to know why we prune and to understand the result of pruning, rather than trying to remember which plants to prune when.”

Contact me to discuss your ideas.