I am a recently retired head gardener with 40 years of gardening experience. I offer talks on various subjects to all kinds of gardening groups and other societies. I have listed the main topics I cover below.
If you are interested in any of these please contact me using the box at the side of the page (or you could call me on the telephone number displayed). I will try to deal with your enquiry as quickly as possible.
My charges are £50 plus 35p per mile travelling expenses. I am happy to travel up to 100 miles and longer distances by negotiation. Each talk lasts for 45 – 60 minutes plus Q & A time afterwards.
For more information on the talks click on the round button. I am happy to discuss a subject that may not be listed.
Everything about gardening that the beginner needs to know, dealing with: starting a new garden, building up the fertility of the soil, methods of cultivation of flowers, fruits and vegetables.
How to choose, site and equip the right greenhouse for you. What to grow and how to grow-flowers, fruit and vegetables under glass, including the use of frames, cloches and polytunnels.
A general introduction to propagation showing the different methods of raising plants from seed, how to successfully save your own seeds, how to take your own cuttings, budding and grafting techniques.
Everything you need to know about growing fruit and vegetables including: crop rotation of vegetables, growing and training soft fruit, growing and training top fruit, organic methods of growing and the herb garden.
Growing flowers in the garden and greenhouse: herbaceous borders, cut flowers, sweet peas, roses, bulbs, annuals, climbing plants, shrubs, the autumn and winter garden and pruning.
Making a lawn from scratch, site preparation, seed lawns, turfing, how to care for the lawn all the year round including the control of pests and weeds – organic and inorganic methods, wildflower areas.
Surveying your garden, identifying features you wish to remove and those you wish to incorporate into your site. Creating a wildlife garden, ‘evergreen’ garden, water features, hard landscaping, hedging and garden furniture.
What is organic gardening? How to manage your garden without the use of chemicals against pest and diseases. The importance of building and maintaining soil fertility and structure, making garden compost, the use of green manures, how to create a wormery.
For those who garden on balconies, terraces, courtyard gardens or in the small modern backyard gardens, including the use of containers, raised beds and hanging baskets. Selecting the right type of plants to grow – fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs.
From the earliest gardens in history to modern times. Choose your era if one particular age interests you. The gardens of the Renaissance, Capability Brown and his landscapes, Victorian Gardening and Edwardian gardens with detailed talks on specific people and places: Dyffryn Gardens, Hidcote, Audley End Kitchen Garden as examples. The recent interest in the growing of Heritage Fruit and Vegetables, the legacy of the Dig for Victory campaign and many more interesting topics.
How to get one. How to plan, plant, cultivate and harvest your crops. How to deal with problems on the site. Where to get further information and support.