Contact me today to discuss talks giving talks at your show, event or club
A Whiff of the Exotic, Stourton Caundle village hall 7.30pm
New Tricks for Old Gardeners
Digby Hall, Hound Road, Sherborne, DT9 3AA
Since winning BBC Gardener of the Year, I have given talks to garden clubs all over the South West about 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 Colour In The Garden, Plants That Should Be Better Known, and New Tricks For Old Gardeners.
Talks under construction include A Tour of Somerset Nurseries and Hardy Exotic Plants. I can also combine talks to suit the requirements of your garden club.
My fee for 2019 will be £130 plus return travel from Little Norton at 45p per mile. 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. We took a break this year, but it may be back in 2019 due to popular demand.
Instant Garden Challenge – Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet
Ready Steady Garden has been a real hit with the garden show crowds and in 2011 was first launched at the National Garden Show as Garden In A Day and was even more successful in 2012. Last spring I was asked to take it to the Chelsea Fringe – maybe next year!
Contact me if you would like to develop this for your garden show.
"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