The following list is of talks available to horticultural societies, garden clubs, U3A, WI, Photograpic/Camera clubs and other interested groups. All lectures are presented via a digital presentation and are accompanied by pertinent exhibits to the subject. I carry an extension lead but not a screen. Please contact me for details and availability.
1. 'A HEAD GARDENER'S YEAR'
A fully illustrated talk based on a year in the gardens at Fittleworth House in West Sussex. The talk is both light hearted and yet informative on a wide range of horticultural subjects and includes everything from plants grown, pruning, seed sowing and vegetables to wildlife, flower shows, fast cars and even a Lancaster bomber. Something for everyone!
2. 'VEGETABLE GROWING'
A fully illustrated and informative lecture with exhibits on how to grow a wide range of vegetables based on thirty years experience. From planning and purchasing seeds to weed and water issues, and much more. Includes detailed looks at growing Onions for show, the use of plug trays and the importance of compost.
3. 'GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHS TO INSPIRE'
A fully illustrated and colourful talk designed to inspire people to get out into their gardens with their camera's, visit new gardens or even just look at the natural world around us more closely. The talk can be tailored to include more technical information or more horticultural information and is suitable for for all whether they use phone, compact or DSLR camera's.
4.'PRUNING, A GENERAL GUIDE'
This lecture is both partly illustrated and partly practical and delves into the often mysterious and confusing world of pruning. Using a few important rules, correct and sharp tools and a basic knowledge of flowering times this talk aims to send people away with a more confident approach to pruning almost anything!
5. 'AN ALMOST A-Z OF GARDEN PLANTS'
This colourful talk takes you through a wide range of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals, bulbs, corms and tubers - each illustrated with a least one photograph. These are all plants I have grown and are recommended.. There is also a information on choosing and buying plants and a full sheet list is available on request.
6. 'WILDLIFE IN THE GARDEN'
This lecture is designed to show how important the natural world is to the health and well being of our gardens. By encouraging us all to think about nature and incorporate it into our garden planning a general maintenance we can all benefit. Fully illustrated.
7. 'SOME INSPIRATIONAL GARDENS'
A colourfully illustrated wander through a number of the most beautiful gardens both large and small, famous and not so famous. As well as permanent gardens there is also a section of the more transient gardens of the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show's.
8. 'ANNUALS BUT NOT BEDDING'
This lecture combines a colourful look at a wide range of beautiful flowering annuals with a practical demonstration on seed sowing techniques and information on where to buy seeds. This is a seasonal talk best given in late Winter/Spring.
9. 'AN A-Z OF GARDENING TIPS'
Working through the alphabet this lectures is packed with tips on a wide range of horticultural subjects, accompanied by a selection of relevant photographs and exhibits.