Gardening Talks

My Talks: Each lasts between 45-60 minutes

12 months of colour: Flowers and foliage from January to December. We look at exciting combinations of plants which make beds and borders perennially appealing

Winning Water Gardens: Construction, planting and stocking with fish. The sight and sound of cascading waterfalls and fountains and ripples on a pond is relaxing and therapeutic. We look at the plants you need to make a water feature fascinating and the fish that will come to you when you feed them.

Tulips and much more: Bulb gardens of Holland. A joyous meander around the Keukonhof Gardens in spring. Vistas of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and many other early-flowering bulbs are massed around beautiful trees andshrubs.

Borders of Distinction: Displaying herbaceous perennials to best effect. Choosing plants and varieties to extend the season from early spring to late autumn. Tips on planting, cultivating and associating colours and sculptural forms.

Gardening with flair : Associating beautifully annuals and perennials .  Using imagination and skill to achieve riveting focal points and breathtaking vistas .

Wild about flowers: British wild flowers and where to see them. A fun presentation involving the audience in naming a host  of the most striking native species we have.

Effective use of Colour: Choosing plants whose blooms harmonise and contrast to create a little drama in beds and borders.

Cotswold gems : Hidcote and Kiftsgate gardens. Two stunningly planted gardens linked by a short walk. Kiftsgate’s steep western slope is decked with a tapestry of exotic foliage and blossom. A wealth of blooms are yours to savour.

Alpine allure: Flowers of the Austrian Tyrol: Delightful high-altitude walks yield rich floral treats. Mountains, pastures, rivers and lakes are yours to enjoy.

Out and about: Britain’s natural wonders. A fun medley of natural beauty that takes us from the Scilly isles to Scotland.

Winter Wonderland: Colourful and often scented flowers, trees and shrubs to brighten the chilly months. How many can you recognise?

New Forest Idyll Exploring Exbury Gardens – rhododendrons and azaleas at their best in May when the gardens are carpeted with bluebells. Enjoy a medley of  Japanese maples and other spring-flowering  shrubs, too.

Beautiful bulbs:  Easy colourful spring and summer-flowering kinds for pots , beds and borders.

Shrubs of distinction Varieties prized for flowers, leaves, berries and bark

Foreign Climes Flowers of Madeira and Tenerife

Caribbean Calypso Plants and views of the Caribbean islands

An eye for design How skilled gardeners create beautiful borders

Undercover work House, conservatory and greenhouse plants

Rock garden beauties Alpines of distinction and how to grow them

A touch of the tropics Wyldcourt Rain Forest, near Newbury

An apple a day Growing all kinds of fruit

A right royal garden Wisley through the seasons

Thwart the enemy Controlling pests and diseases

Summer’s bounty Summer bedding plants, baskets and patio pots

Home-grown’s best Choice vegetables and how to grow them

Into the Amazon South American wonders

Disneyworld A larger than life experience

Hampton Court A floral cornucopia

Would you believe it! Whimsical garden sculpture

The ‘Green Isle’ Ireland’s plants and gardens

Beth Chatto’s Garden A Colchester paradise

Mediterranean beauty             Enchanting flowers and foliage

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