Contact me today to discuss talks giving talks at your show, event or club.
Since winning BBC Gardener of the Year, I have given many talks to garden clubs all over the South West, including the scenes that were deleted from the programme. Never mind about the gardening, I can reveal the secrets of Charlie Dimmock’s underwear drawer and whether or not Alan Titchmarsh dyes his hair……
I have also added the sequel about winning BBC Gardener of the Decade and have developed other talks such as Plants That Should Be Better Known, and New Tricks For Old Gardeners – see below for full talk list
My live talk fee for 2022 is £160, for 2023 £170, plus return travel from Norton sub Hamdon at 50p per mile, as long as the current high price of fuel continues. Zoom talks are £100. Please contact me for further details.
Ready Steady Garden – Taunton Flower Show
After winning BBC Gardener of the Year in 1999 the chairman of Taunton Flower Show asked if I would build a show garden there. I declined, stating lack of time and money as an excuse.
Finally I relented in 2006 but said I could not possibly afford to build a show garden, not could I take a week off to do it, but if I could borrow a van load of plants from a garden centre, I could stage a garden in one day. It developed into a competition between me and another local designer, Sally Leaney – which I won.
Ever since then I have run this as Ready Steady Garden, a competition for similarly strapped gardeners, students and landscapers and I commentate as the gardens are being built. The two contestants have two hours to put together a garden from a large selection of plants and some accessories. It has proved to be very popular.
New Tricks for Old Gardeners – Powerpoint and tool demonstration
Plants that Should be Better Known – Powerpoint
Bulbs that Should be Better Known – Powerpoint
Garden Troubleshooting – Powerpoint and flipchart drawing
Hardy Exotic Gardening – Powerpoint
Gardening with Ornamental Grasses – Powerpoint
The Self Seeding Garden – Powerpoint
"It was fun to meet you on Wednesday evening and thank you so much for giving our Gardening Club members and guests such an informative and highly amusing evening. The time went too quickly for me!"Henton Garden Club, Diana Wagstaffe, February 2017
"Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your talk as I am sure you could tell and lots of them said you were the best speaker ever - and we have had a few!! So thank you so much."Sheila Thorpe Bourton Vale Horticultural Society, 10th May 2017
"Our members will look forward to your return as your talk was the best received and most talked about this year.....no pressure for the next one!"Sibley Orsler – Chulmleigh and District Garden Club, July 2017