Illustrated Talks on Plants and Horticulture

I offer six talks on plants and horticulture, all intended for gardeners and other plant enthusiasts.
Each talk comprises approximately 130 images and lasts approximately one hour. I bring my own high definition digital projector.
The fee per talk (effective from 1 January 2019) is £75 plus travel charged from Avebury at 45p/mile. To book please contact me.

Creating a Downland Garden

Creating a Downland Garden
Garden design is a blend of art with nature. Tracing the development of my Wiltshire garden from a bare field to acceptance in the National Garden Scheme, I discuss the practical and aesthetic principles that give structure and unity to formal lawns and borders, wildflower meadows and ponds, trees, fruit and vegetables. ...more

British Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden

British Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden
From woodlands carpeted by spring flowers and summer meadows to wetlands and sea cliffs, our native flora has a wealth of colour and interest to inspire gardeners. Appreciating plants’ natural surroundings provides ideas to create our own miniature wildlife habitats. ...more

Mediterranean Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden

Mediterranean Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden
Mediterranean climates support diverse and beautiful plants. This talk shows spectacular wild flowers, looks at classic Mediterranean gardening styles and suggests what elements succeed in a typical English garden. ...more

Tropical Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden

Tropical Wild Flowers in Nature and the Garden
Orchids, passion vines, tree ferns and carnivorous pitcher plants; the plant life of tropical rain forests is exuberant. Understanding exotic species in the wild provides insights into successful cultivation in our homes, conservatories and gardens. ...more

Travels in Search of Remarkable Plants

Travels in Search of Remarkable Plants
Mountains, deserts, wetlands and forests are diverse and challenging environments for wild plants. Recounting plant hunting in six continents, this talk presents extraordinary flora in their natural habitats. ...more

In Search of Remarkable Trees

In Search of Remarkable Trees
Trees are champion survivors, adapted to drought, rain, ice and fire. Encounters with ancient pines, giant redwoods, strangler figs, succulent baobabs and quiver trees reveal some of the world’s most memorable trees. ...more


"Your talk and superb photography last evening was inspirational Robert. Thank you so much." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), Esther Gallimore, Programme Secretary, Andover Camera Club

"Very many thanks indeed for a most interesting and informative presentation this evening. I’m sure everyone will have been impressed and inspired to get out with their cameras. You must have endless patience. I enjoy my humble efforts at macro but find the insects move too quickly for me and even then I really don’t know their names let alone in Latin!" (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), John Woolgar, Programme Secretary, Ringwood Camera Club

"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, a great selection of images composed and edited perfectly, with an interesting storylines and great technical detail to go with them. [Our club] enjoyed the evening and found your talk inspiring, several members have said best presentation they have seen so far." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), Steve Cann, Programme Secretary, Penwith Photographic Group

"It really was an inspiring and fascinating talk this evening. All your friends in the club were so pleased to see you again. As I said your breadth of knowledge is truly amazing. I’ve learnt so much. Giving details of your camera settings and which lenses you used was extremely useful. Hopefully we can put all we’ve learnt into practice immediately for our current topic of Wildlife - Garden/Urban. I hope to join one of your tours in the future." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), Maureen Robinson, Programme Secretary, Adderbury, Deddington & District Photographic Society

"Extremely inspirational as always, your talks never disappoint. I’m always so impressed at your breadth of knowledge and meticulous planning." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), Neil Grantham, Website Co-ordinator, Adderbury, Deddington & District Photographic Society

"Thank you for the amazing presentation last night. Truly enjoyed by all members that joined the meeting. Some members left some comments / feedback that I would like to share with you.
'I thoroughly enjoyed Robert's talk tonight. As Clare said, a diverse set of excellent wildlife images all superbly supported by an interesting narrative.'
'Absolutely brilliant images and an excellent presentation. Really enjoyed it. Loved the owls and insects.'
'Excellent stuff!'
'Robert Harvey … great talk and images. Good Choice ,,, Zoom is fantastic for getting to know work of far distance photographers.'" (Wildlife for All Seasons, video lecture by Zoom), Ana Taylor, Syllabus Secretary, Livingston Camera Club

"A perfect presentation for the current times … Robert’s presentation was very well delivered and most informative with specific details about camera settings and techniques with stunning photos…. After an evening of wonderful photography we were certainly inspired by Robert’s ‘Small is beautiful’." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), Christine Chittock, Programme Secretary, Exmouth Photo Group

"Thank you for your presentation to our camera club yesterday. After we have had a visiting speaker, I always ask the members of our committee for their feedback. All of them made very positive comments: not only about the excellent photography but also about your encyclopaedic knowledge of wild flowers and insects. And they all said that would like to hear another of your talks." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), John Innes, Programme Secretary, Solihull Photographic Society

"On Sunday June 7th the Western Region was treated to an exceptional presentation “Small is Beautiful” by Robert Harvey. With expert photographs of wild life and flowers, often taken in his own garden, we were not only given the inspiration and motivation to take advantage of our immediate surroundings but also given a huge range of tips on how to approach our subject, which settings were best, which equipment we would need …. even which month of the year and what time of the day is the prime time to capture the best photograph. Robert’s photographs are exceptional and absolutely brilliant." (Small is Beautiful, video lecture by Zoom), Suzanne Johnson, Western Region, Royal Photographic Society

"Thank you very much for presenting your talk over zoom yesterday evening. I know the membership enjoyed the evening as did I. Great images and great detail. Often speakers don't explain how the images are taken and the setting used. This made your talk stand out and lifted the lid on the knowledge, commitment and techniques needed." (By The Sea, video lecture by Zoom), Ian Hargreaves, Programme Secretary, Bath Photographic Society

"Thank you for a very enjoyable evening and a wonderful set of photographs. Stumbling about in the light I trip over enough objects but doing it in the dark would bed quite impossible, but being able to see your photographs about what is there, was a wonderful experience." (Stumbling Around In The Dark, video lecture by Zoom) Robert Charnock, Treasurer, Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society.

"Thank you for the talk that you delivered to our club on Monday night. It was full of beautiful and inspiring images backed up with the technical information that made us all feel that we could and should get out there and have a go. There were quite a few moon pictures on our club facebook and whats app groups after your talk."(Stumbling Around In The Dark, video lecture by Zoom) Karen Taylor, Programme Secretary, Kingston Camera Club.

"Thank you for the excellent talk last night. It certainly sparked lots of conversation afterwards when club members hung around for an online chat." (Stumbling Around In The Dark, video lecture by Zoom) Bill Pilkington, Programme Secretary, Hebden Bridge Camera Club

"Thanks for such an inspiring and educational presentation at Hebden Bridge CC yesterday evening. In fact it was so inspiring that I thought I would have a go with my crop sensor Fuji and a 16mm lens and went out in the garden right after your talk." (Stumbling Around In The Dark, video lecture by Zoom) Roger Styles, Hebden Bridge Camera Club

"On behalf of the BWPS committee and members thank you for such an interesting and informative evening yesterday with so much excellent information regarding both the creative side of winter photography as well as practical and factual data about the creation of your images. As expected your images were simply amazing. As our chairman, John, said in summing up this was the best talk we have ever had and many of our members came up to me afterwards to reiterate that message. We would certainly be most delighted if you were able to come back and give another talk to members." Rona Bassett, Programme Secretary, Bishop’s Waltham Photographic Society

"For me your talk was the highlight of our current programme. I have enjoyed macro photography for many years and looking back on my copious notes on the technical details of your images, I am not doing everything wrong but at the same time I have a lot of catching up to do to produce such beautiful images. Your detailed descriptions of how and where you took your photos will stay with me and has inspired me to go out and try techniques such a focus stacking and using macro flash – and also to get up earlier to capture the morning light. Thank you very much for coming to Stroud again and giving us a thoroughly professional, fascinating insight into macro photography." Chris Tracey, Programme Secretary, Stroud Camera Club

"Thank you for travelling in such bad weather to give us a splendid evening of imagery and inspiration. My, I was stunned by the quality of your work. My only negative comment was, that at times I wondered if I would ever be able to produce even one image that could be compared … I am sure we would enjoy listening to you again some time. Again, thank you for visiting us and may you continue to enjoy your photography to please yourself and inspire others." Eric Dore, Programme Secretary, Wallingford Photographic Club

"We all much enjoyed your landscape presentation last Thursday evening and I hope you have inspired us to get out of bed somewhat earlier than usual to catch the much more rewarding early morning light. You had a number of 'whow' factor images from all over the UK which I'm sure have done really well in the competitive arena." Paul Sievers, Newbury Camera Club

"Thank you so much for your talk to members earlier this month. We were intrigued to learn how you planned and created your garden from scratch, illustrated by your wonderful photography which enabled us to visualise what you achieved. I look forward to your return to Alderbury in the future with another of your talks." David Marshall, Alderbury and District Gardening Association

"May I say how much I was inspired by your talk 'Stumbling around in the Dark' last September. Nothing will ever come close to for variety & quality of images & clear helpful explanations. I hope to take my copy of "Photographing the Heavens" with me on my next trip to Burnham Lighthouse." Evelyn Groundsell, Programme Secretary, Portishead Camera Club

"Thank you for the fantastic talk you gave to LSPS [Leamington Spa Photographic Society] last week. I found it absolutely amazing and would love to start taking astro photography." JC, Coventry

"A great talk, interesting and informative supported with stunning images. A very enjoyable evening." Steve Buesden ARPS, Bracknell Camera Club

"On behalf of Farnborough Camera club I would like to say a big thank you for coming along to talk to us last week. I think everyone enjoyed your talk and it surely must have given people inspiration to get out and about during the coming winter months. There is so much to learn in photography and so knowledge gleaned from people like yourself is always a good thing. It was a great evening so thank you again." Pat Svanberg, Programme Secretary, Farnborough Camera Club

"Robert spoke to Bath Photographic Society on Tuesday 4 June. The aim of the society is to promote the art and science of photography. Robert certainly did that. This excellent talk demonstrated the dedication, experience, planning, technique and knowledge required to produce his magical images of the night sky." Ian Hargreaves, Programme Secretary, Bath Photographic Society

"On behalf of the Society, I want to put on record how appreciative we are of the scrupulous care you put into judging our Annual Print Competition last night. It was clear from your comments how much attention to detail you had paid to every image and I know the entrants, myself certainly included, valued your supportive insight and advice. I hope you did not find the whole process too gruelling and hope we will see you again at BPS before too long, either as judge or lecturer." David Alderson, Competition Secretary, Bristol Photographic Society

"Thank you for coming to see us and share your ideas on the Art of the AV. It is good to hear how AV presentations develop. It is easy for us to enjoy the outcomes without realising the care and skill given to creating such. It was very informative and well appreciated by fellow members. The quality of your images were stunning." Robert Tarlton, Programme Secretary, Salisbury Camera Club

"On behalf of my club thanks again for your presentation ‘By The Sea’, Everyone enjoyed the talk and I know all of them went away with ideas for the near future. Also everyone was blown away by the pictures" Jackie Worlock, Programme Secretary, Lincombe Barn Camera Club

"My thanks for an inspirational talk showing some excellent images. There were some very useful tips I picked up which even as an experienced photographer, I picked up on." Peter Weaver, Programme Secretary, Hanham Camera Club

"Thanks very much for your talk to us .... you could probably tell from the silent moments that the audience were in the palm of your hand. Excellent talk, just as we expected from you. One of the highlights of what's been a good season for us. I particularly liked the way you explained how you planned your photo outings, with the right lens and other equipment, and get down low to the subject - a lesson for all of us ... The garden setups were fascinating - and I expect that some of us will try out some of your inventions." Geoff Chalcraft, Programme Secretary, Steyning Camera Club

"Thank you for coming to give Hilperton Gardening Club such an interesting talk last week. It was indeed a labour of love to create such a lovely garden and I don’t think many of us realised how much thought and work goes into such a big project! Many thanks for your time! Hopefully we will get you to come and give us another of your talks." Mary Anderson, Secretary, Hilperton Gardening Club

"I'm writing on behalf of the Club to thank you once again for your impressive presentation to us on Tuesday. The combination of your outstanding photographs and a fascinating commentary made for a most enjoyable evening's entertainment for all present, from whom the feedback has been nothing but positive. We do hope you will be able to return to Newton Abbot before too long." Chris Brown, Chairman, Newton Abbot Photographic Club

"Thank you for your wonderful presentation on Friday, it was informative and illustrated with great images. Several members commented that it was the best presentation at the club for a number of years." Joe Suitters, Chairman, Corsham Camera Club

"A fabulous enjoyed by every member! One of the best talks on the camera club circuit!" Annie Blick, Stroud Camera Club

"Thank you for coming and giving your talk it was really well received amongst our members. I found it really inspiring." Sue Dyson, Mid-Somerset Camera Club

"Sorry for the delay in thanking you for the excellent evening you gave us last Tuesday. I delayed this so I could let you have the result of my straw poll as promised. The weighted average was 9.1 out of 10. Members certainly want a return visit ... Once again thanks for a really good evening." David McKay, Programme Secretary, Oxford Photographic Society

"Many of our members have commented on your talk to our horticultural society & stated how much they enjoyed your presentation, knowledge & the quality of your slides." Maureen Winkworth, Kennington Horticultural Society

"Thank you for a wonderful talk last evening – stunning photographs and a really interesting commentary. You were a great hit with all the members. I’ve already had a lot of feedback telling me how much they enjoyed the evening. It was one of our best and much appreciated." Nicola Bennetts, Bitton Garden Society

"Robert gave an inspirational talk last night at Stroud Camera Club about Winter Photography. Some of the best landscape shots I have ever seen. Wellies on then! Who’s coming out in cold weather with me?" Angela Rendell, Stroud Camera Club

"I must re-emphasise how much we all enjoyed your contribution to the Dorset weekend and how grateful we have been for your selfless commitment. Of course we would like to welcome you back." Andreas Klatt, Royal Photographic Society Visual Arts Group

"The quality of your work was absolutely amazing and so interesting. Many were talking about the sharpness and general quality of all the shots as they were clearing up last night." Neil Robertson, Lambourn Camera Club

"Thank you so much for your wonderful talk last Thursday - each and everyone of your images was stunning. For me, I think the fact that I recognised most of the places you showed but you put your own spin on each photograph, made the evening so interesting. Everyone there enjoyed your talk very much." Esther Gumn, Programme Secretary, Andover Photographic Society

"Thank you for a most interesting talk illustrated by your spectacular photographs. I don’t think I have heard so much positive feedback from members in the eight years I have been involved with the association. I think your talk opened the eyes of many of us to the beauty and diversity of the county we live in which is there for us to see if only we looked." David Marshall, Speaker Liaison, Alderbury and District Gardening Association

"I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of the club for the magnificent job you did last night for us. We hadn’t given you an easy task by any means but you did every image justice and no-one would argue over your final choices. Your depth of knowledge and considered judgement was very valuable to everyone who entered the competition and those who didn’t (including me) also very much appreciated your comments. Many thanks once again." Val Brierley, Dorchester Camera Club

"A quick note to thank you very much indeed for your talk last night on “Landscapes for all Seasons”. All images were absolutely wonderful. I’m sure I speak for all our club members when I say the evening was very inspiring!" Neil Grimshaw, Programme Secretary, Highcliffe and Infinity Camera Club

"I’d just like to thank you for your excellent talk for our club. The images were stunning, as we’ve come to expect from you and the background information, including all your meticulous planning was of the highest order. I know from conversations with members that the whole package was very much appreciated.You’ve certainly given us loads to think about the next time we venture into similar locations and weather conditions. My challenge now is to find a suitable date for your next visit with an appropriate seasonal focus." David Dyer, Programme Secretary, Sodbury and Yate Photographic Club

"On behalf of Stratton Camera Club and myself, I'd like to extend a sincere thank you for sharing your stunning images and your extensive knowledge with us last night. The sheer amount of commitment and planning that you put into your work is outstanding and the feedback has been amazing - we are all looking forward to seeing more of your work - I do hope you will visit us again, in the near future." Lesley Hunt, CPAGB, Secretary, Stratton Camera Club

"Thank you for making the effort to get to us last night in the weather .. Brilliant presentation with some stunning photography." Shaun Little, Programme Secretary, Cirencester Camera Club

"Thank you so much for a varied, interesting and inspiring evening with your talk 'Stumbling around in the dark'. As Ian our Chair said it was wonderful to see so many 'stunning' images and they certainly were. You had obviously done a lot of research to source potential sights for your photographs and then worked out the best time of day to secure fantastic shots of the night sky. You were able to back up your talk with your impressive knowledge of celestial bodies and this helped to give a context to your photography. We were given a grand tour of many different places across the world but it was good to see your results from this country as well so that members could view possible locations to try out whilst your talk is fresh in their minds ... Altogether you showed us that it is worth planning ahead, having endless patience and then some luck with the weather conditions. Your timing for your illustrated talk worked very well. Talking to many of our members I know that your talk was very well received and has inspired members to try out astrophotography themselves. It was wonderful to hear one member say "That was the best photographic talk we have had from the club." Also to hear from another member that they were unsure about whether to come to your talk and then they were so glad that they had as they thought it was fantastic. So finally thank you very much for a superb evening." Christine Chittock, CPAGB, Programme Secretary, Exmouth Photo Group

"On behalf of all of us at WPC, thank you very much for your splendid presentation last night. You showed us some truly amazing images of the natural world, by day and by night. Many of us had been to some of the deserts, but your images revealed these landscapes in (literally) a different light." Keith McEwan, Programme Secretary, Walllingford Photographic Society

"What a great evening you gave us last Thursday, I just wanted to write and thank you on behalf of all the club members. Your judging was superb - you gave informative and very fair judgements on each photograph, from which I am sure we all learned." Esther Gumn, Programme Secretary, Andover Photographic Society

"I believe I speak for many in saying we really enjoyed your talk and thought that many of your images stunning. You more than made the case for shooting in low winter light, not to mention stormy weather. Most of us enjoy landscape photography, perhaps because it's often where one starts when progressing from holiday photography. The apparent ease and accessibility of landscape work mask the nuances of planning, patience and working with the light, so only a small minority go on to regularly make outstanding images in this challenging genre. Your talk, evident propensity to plan and work with the weather, seasons and light were an object lesson and inspiration to the majority who perhaps still aspire to the excellence that you demonstrated." Richard McCleery, Cheltenham Camera Club

"As an International judge and regular salon entrant I thought your landscapes were fantastic. Our styles of photography are like chalk and cheese, but you set me a first class benchmark to improve my landscape photography ... Once again thanks for a great night. Best Wishes Colin Harrison FRPS FBPE FIPF MPSA MPAGB MFIAP APAGB EFIAP/d1" Colin Harrison, Cheltenham Camera Club

"Robert, I must thank you for sharing your wonderful images of such beautiful and interesting birds. I know that my wife and I found your presentation very informative especially with regard to taking images of birds in flight. I am sure that all of our members who were present had enjoyable and quite remarkable evening. Again, many thanks and best regards" Richard Veitch, Programme Secretary, Horndean Camera Club

"Many thanks for attending our Photographic Club last Thursday ... everyone really enjoyed your lecture and one long standing member (who joined in 1968) told me it was the very best set of photographs he had ever seen at the club in all the time he has been a member!" Esther Gumn, Programme Secretary, Andover Photographic Society

"On behalf of Hanham I would like to reiterate the appreciation shown by the club on the evening of your visit. Everyone enjoyed your landscapes immensely. People are still coming up to me weeks later to thank me for inviting you. I found your photographs of the Lake District especially interesting." Les Ford, Hanham Photographic Society

"Many thanks for your very informative talk and picture display yesterday evening. The photographs were stunning! I was asked to write and express the members’ collective appreciation of the evening and, again, for coming to us at such short notice." Brenda Boyd, Blunsdon Village Gardening Club

"Thanks very much for your talk last night at The Vale of Evesham Camera Club. Your stunning photographs were accompanied by some very useful advice about the best time of day and year for certain shots. I thought that you were very generous in the background information to your photos that would have helped everyone in the club to improve their work. I would like to invite you back for next year to talk about your nighttime photography in more detail. I will be in touch in the near future to try to organise this." Tony Young, Vale of Evesham Camera Club

"I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful evening at BPS yesterday. The quality of your images shone through and we all learned so much about the mammals that you described. I'll pass your name on to my successor as PS at the club so that we can invite you again in the future. With thanks and kind regards" Derwood Pamphilon, Bristol Photographic Society

"I wanted to thank you so much on behalf of the U3A in Kennet for coming to give us your WONDERFUL talk on The Seven Wonders of the Natural World yesterday ... I met up with several members at the Coffee Club this morning, who all agreed that it was a fascinating topic, well delivered, and the photography was of course, absolutely stunning." Jenny Oakshott, U3A in Kennett

"Brilliant evening of AVs and how to tackle them at Dorchester this evening.. and especially for me as I have had the fortune visit all but one of the places you showed..Pantanal, only one missing, now on the list... if I had the necessary equipment for wildlife photography! The superb photography has made me want to go back and revisit my images and see how I can improve.. should I be lucky enough to get another chance to SW Canyons, Yellowstone or Galapagos.. but at least I can go to The Jurassic Coast, Cornwall and Stourhead! Thank you for an inspiring evening." Jane Tearle, Dorchester Camera Club

"Many thanks indeed for a most informative talk. Your photographs were truly exquisite. I have already had feedback to say how much the WAGC members enjoyed their evening with you! I know you must have put a lot of hard work into your talk which was much appreciated!" Beverley Wallis, Widcombe Association Garden Club

"On behalf of Salisbury Camera Club, I would like to thank you very much for the talk that you gave to the club last night. The photography was stunning, as were the locations to which you took us. I’m sure that many of the trips to photograph dunes, mesas, arches, buttes and hoodoos in such remote locations at the ‘proper’ time of day was at considerable cost not to mention personal risk. I suspect it takes quite a bit of nerve as well as planning and scoping trips (in daylight) to walk to places like those in such rugged terrain, at night. If your wife is your sole companion and kit-carrying assistant, she must be extremely understanding! ... Thank you again – and I will do as the Chairman Peter Woodhouse suggested and put you down on the longlist for a return visit next year, if that is OK. Jeremy Court, Salisbury Camera Club

"On behalf of us all at KPS may I thank you for coming to Bristol last Friday and for giving us such an interesting and enjoyable presentation. We were most impressed at the effort you put into getting your images, especially those that involve very early starts. The thought of leaving home early enough to travel to the Somerset lavender fields for the dawn light and then to be back home and in bed before your wife was awake was most impressive – I don’t think too many of us will be emulating you! We enjoyed seeing your images and listening to the commentary which went with them and especially the “tips” which went with the latter. Again many thanks Robert for a most enjoyable evening in your company." Geoff Nash, Kingswood Photographic Society

"Thank you so much for your excellent presentation last night. You treated us to superb and inspiring images backed up with a great commentary which was never ‘heavy’ but explained all we needed to know. Some of the sequences were fascinating, where you had gone back time and again to the same location to capture the image you knew you wanted. Such dedication and passion clearly pays off, as shown amply in your Associate Panel prints. All your pictures communicated great sensitivity to the atmosphere and mood of each place – I was particularly impressed by your amazing pictures of the storms, which in many cases must have taken some courage to achieve! Very positive feedback from club members came immediately and is continuing to do so. The presentation went down extremely well with the club." Jill Pakenham, Princes Risborough Photographic Society

"Thank you for your recent visit to Keynsham Photographic Society. We enjoyed seeing your beautiful images of, mostly, the English landscape.We were guided throught the seasons; light conditions and the times of day. Your planned and thoughtful approach to acquiring this body of work was extended to the presentation which made the technical information you gave very easy to follow. A very enjoyable evening!" Linda Horne, Keynsham Photographic Society