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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.