All these talks are available to be presented to horticultural societies, garden clubs, U3A, WI, and other interested groups.
They feature digital presentations I have a projector and laptop – all I need is a wall or screen and a table. However, they can also be presented non-digitally.
I also offer an option to Zoom talk and will continue to offer this in the future for various reasons.
Gardening in Lockdown deals with brief origins of gardening and how it helps us deal with issues in difficult times. 20 minutes to allow for questions. So can be done in 40 minute session
Colour Sets the Mood – written specifically for July – September looks in more depth at how gardening helps us deal with the current times but also looks at how shapes and colour affect our mood. This is usually presented over 30 minutes plus question time as long as you want it if you can host a long session.
Tale of the Tussie Mussie – Based on William Hunnis poem of 1584 this is a light hearted look at Tussies or Nosegays, a little about their history and also at a few of the plants and their meanings in the language of flowers and uses as herbs
Tu B’Shevat Trees – Six More Biblical Trees Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish New Year for Trees which takes place mid-winter I briefly explain the origins of the festival and then look in more detail at Almond, Apricot, Fig (2 types), Pomegranate and Carob – well have to stop somewhere.
Bible Gold – Frankinsence, Myrrh & More A deeper look into these wonderful aromatics which were worth their weight in gold. Where do they come from, what are their properties and……..
The Plants on the Passover Plate Whether you call the Passover Meal a Seder or the Last Supper matters not. What I am looking at is the plants that appear on the symbolic plate. Today’s representatives are highly unlikely to have appeared on the plates of 2,000 years ago; indeed the plants today vary from country to country. This talk traces the likely evolution as well as looking at the plants and their usages.
The Four Species – Plants of Valour & Value A look at Willow, Citron, Myrtle and Palm and why these plants were so important to the people of those times as well as their garden usage
Ancient Gardens – Before the Common Era Investigating the beginnings of gardening- Eden onwards and how some things never change.
A Memorial Garden Not just a cemetery garden but the whole process of design and execution from Conception to Completion quite challenging when there are over 30 people all having a say.
The Creation of A British Woodland & Meadow Cemetery As a result of the Memorial Garden I became horticultural/landscape advisor to the Jewish Joint Burial Society. This is the story of the creation of their new Cemetery and ultimately conservation pr.oject. It is peaceful and pleasing, full of nature, continuing to flourish as we create new habitats year by year
Naturally Native – Gardening with British Natives at Home – We look at about 35-40 plants (and their cultivars) that are native to the British Isles and suitable for garden use, helping you to attract nature and work with our climate. This talk can be customised for Clay, Chalk, Loam & Sand as long as you let me know.
Why Gardens? A presentation including a little bit of history, geography, psychology and our need to impact on our envirnoment but most of all humour. My take on “Greening the Grey”.
A Taste of Capel Manor A little of the history of Capel Manor as well as a look at some of my favourite gardens and anecdotes
Capel’s Show Winning Gardens Ever wondered what makes a Winning Garden? Let me explain and also take you on a virtual tour of some of the gardens at Capel Manor which have won RHS show medals and how they have been adapted for all year interest.
Bulbs & Rhizomes – Medicine & Food Many plants have uses other than to look pretty and its amazing what you took for granted about some foods and medicines but never thought about – especially the original source
Urban Oasii: Regreening England
We have lost much of our green landscape whether gardens or playing fields; problems are arising because of this. Together we will look at ways to re-dress the balance – walls, roofs, rain gardens to create a sustainable future.
Gardening in the Third Age – Gadgets & Gizmos Whether it be purpose bought or just an old milk bottle adaptation; this is a look at ways we can make gardening easier and enjoyable not outdoor housework
Horticulture – Healing Therapy for Mind, Body & Soul Since the times of the pyramids horticulture has been used as therapy. Now it has become recognised along with the benefits of gardening. HT is available on prescription in some countries but not here!
Orange & Black – The Planning and Planting of a Garden in MS Society (or Barnet FC) Colours It started with a garden design and build for a football fan and was looked into by a local MS Society who wanted to use these colours in their garden
Seeds – Spread to Survive Did you think that only birds and bees fly or that man invented velcro. Well think again; join me on a joyful journey with a multitude of seeds as they spread themselves around – by means foul and fair and, no, not in packets.
Astounding Adaptions – Survivial of the Fittest Plants have been around for far longer than man. This presentation looks at the wonderful ways some have adapted as well as things we take for granted.
Gardening for Wildlife This is not just how we can bring wildlife in but a look at what we are losing both in flora and fauna
The Rose – Wilderness to Wonder A journey around the ancient world of the rose from the age of the dinosaur to about 2,000 years ago. For although one talks of the “English Rose” that’s not quite the case