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Speakers' List

 

If you are a member of a garden club or horticultural society looking for a speaker to give a talk to your members, then look no further than our list of speakers below.

All the members of The Garden Media Guild are either well-known writers, authors, photographers or radio or TV presenters.
Below are their details, a summary of the more popular talks they give and contact details.

Please note: The Garden Media Guild cannot enter into conversation with the clubs, societies and speakers concerning bookings or any other matter or dispute that may arise from any subsequent bookings.

Jill Billington

Writer, author
Home town: London
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance (including USA)
Fees: Averages at £400, but depends very much upon where
Talks: (nearly all design based):
London's Parks and Gardens ( best with two projectors and two screens)
Really Small Gardens
Show Gardens from RHS and other Shows.
The Contemporary Garden and Selected Materials
Inspirational Sources for Garden Designers (art, landscape, cultures and mathematics - needs two projectors and two screens)
Designing with plants
Colour creates Mood in the Garden
Sculpture in the Garden
Form, Texture and Colour in the Garden
(plus and adaptations around these themes)
Contact: jill.billington@btinternet.com

Nigel Colborn

Writer, author, photographer, broadcaster, flower show judge, raconteur, RHS Vice Chairman
Home town: Haconby, Lincolnshire
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: Consult agents: Limelight Management, 33 Newman Street, London W13 3PD; 020 7637 2529
Talks:
Each event is tailored specifically for the client/society/club. Topics of speciality include: sustainable gardening, creative planting, the world's flora in British gardens and elsewhere, humour in the garden, biodiverrsity and good gardening, gardening in public places.
Contact: ncolborn@btinternet.com

Sally Cunninngham

Writer, lifetime professional gardener, ecologist
Home town: Leicester
Distance willing to travel: Winter 30 miles (or more if venue is close to railway station), summer 50 miles
Fees: £50 (plus something towards travel)
Talks:
Love your bugs - basic guide to garden creepy-crawlies
Organic gardening
Know and grow unusual vegetables
Know and grow unusual fruit
Know, grow and cook Asian fruits and vegetables
Medicinal herbs
Culinary herbs
Plants from the past
Plants for their place
Small scale polytunnel growing
Contact: sally.neeyerrington@btopenworld.com or sally@yerrington.com

Susie Edwards

Writer, book author, lecturer, NAFAS demonstrator and speaker
Home town:
Half way between Blandford Forum and Dorchester
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: Talk/part demo: £200.00 plus 50p mile plus approx £30 for flowers; Full demo: £300 plus £100-£150 flowers
Demonstrations/Talks:
Five Weddings and a Breakdown
Tunnel Vision
Natural Mechanics (half demonstration, half talk)
Conditioning Cut Plant Material
Two Sides of a Houseplant
Deck the Halls (Part demonstration)
Contact: info@susie-edwards.co.uk

Martin Fish

Writer, author, TV & radio presenter, garden advisor
Home town: Near Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: £100-£150 plus travelling expenses
Talks:
My life in gardening so far...
Getting started with fruit & vegetables
From Plot to Pot (With my wife Jill who does the cooking!)
Creating a garden in North Yorkshire
Propagation and pruning
Wildlife-friendly gardening
Gardening Q&A and practical demonstrations
Contact: martin@martinfish.com

Sue Fisher

Writer, broadcaster
Home town:
Yelverton, Devon
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: Negotiable
Talks:
Spectacular Containers for Year-round Colour
Making the Most of a Small Garden
Fast plants - How to Create a Garden in a Hurry
Planting a Dry Garden
Creating an Exotic Garden
Contact: suefisher@talktalk.net

David Fitton MBE

Garden adviser, lecturer, radio broadcaster, garden tour leader
Home town: Newhaven, East Sussex
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: £50-£200 plus travel expenses; overnight accommodation if appropriate
Talks:
A garden for all seasons
Discover the exotic
Conservatory and patio gardening
The plant doctor
The winter garden
Grow your own
Additional topics by arrangement
Available to host garden tours at home and abroad
Contact: david.fitton@fsmail.net

Nick Hamilton

Writer, author and co-owner of Barnsdale Gardens
Home town: Oakham, Rutland
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: £500 plus 60p per mile travel
Talks:
A history of Barnsdale (1979 to present day)
Barnsdale - the television years
Barnsdale after Geoff (1996-present day)
Organic gardening
Penstemon - varieties, growing techniques and aftercare
Gardening in shade
Drought-tolerant plants
How to have vegetables all year round
Vegetative plant propagation - softwood, semi-ripe, hardwood and root cuttings
Must-have summer perennials
Plus many more, which are listed on the website.
Contact: marketing@barnsdalegardens.co.uk
Website: www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Charles Hawes

Photographer, gardener and joint (with writer Anne Wareham) garden owner of Veddw House Garden
Home town:
Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: £100-£200 plus travelling expenses
Talks:
Design inspirations from Chaumont (annual Garden Design Festival)
Clematis
Contact: charles@veddw.co.uk

Geoff Hodge

Writer, editor, author, TV and radio presenter
Home town: Peterborough
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: £100 plus 34p per mile travel
Talks:
The Life & Times of a Gardening Editor
Propagation - Plants for Free
Plants for Situations (choose from: shade, clay, chalk, drought etc.)
Weeds & the Weed-Free Garden
Pest & Disease Control
Pruning - Making it Simple!
Houseplants - the Indoor Jungle
Luscious Lawns
Gardening in the Global Greenhouse - gardening with Climate Change
Colour All Year Round
Plus more, which are listed on his website.
Contact: geoff@gardenforumhorticulture.co.uk
Website: www.gardenforumhorticulture.co.uk

Caroline Holmes

Writer, journalist, TV and radio presenter, lecturer
Home town:
Bury St. Edmunds
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance (subject to negotiation)
Fees: From £200 (including travel)
Talks:
The Roman Garden
A Green Chronology of Gardens: the Creation of the Historic Gardens at Yalding Organic Gardens
The Evolution of Garden Design
Herbs and Gardens
The Man who Saw Capabilities
The Artful Flora
Contact: Cholmesgmm@aol.com

Michael Howes

Photographer
Home town: Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Distance willing to travel: Normally up to 200 miles, but will consider longer distances provided costs can be covered.
Fees: By negotiation
Talks:
Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Photography
Digital and Conventional Photography
Plant and Garden Photography
Contact: michael.howes1@ntlworld.com

Terry Illsley

Writer, lecturer, photographer
Home town:
Diss, Norfolk
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: £40 plus 20p per mile travel
Talks:
Propagation
Greenhouse Techniques
Trees & Shrubs for the Smaller Garden
Annuals/Perennials in Colour and Cultivation
Gardens and Gardening in East Anglia
Shrubs for All the Year
Contact: 01379 855007

Andrea Jones

Photographer, author
Home town: Barr, Near Girvan, South Ayrshire
Distance willing to travel: Anywhere in the world
Fees: Negotiable
Talks:
Garden Inspirations - 20 years of photographing inspirational gardens around the world
Chasing the light around America - Photographing for Tim Richardson's book The Great Gardens of America
Garden Exposures - Photographing plants and gardens
Contact: andrea@andreajones.co.uk
Website: www.andreajones.co.uk

Peter May

Writer, author, photographer, landscaper and garden designer dealing mainly with water gardens and associated features
Home town: Blagdon, near Bristol
Distance willing to travel: Any distance, but above 15miles, 40p per mile
Fees: £300
Talks:
Water garden style and the history of water gardens
Water garden plants
The Perfect Pond Recipe: Building a water garden and how to choose the right materials
Bog gardens
Contact: peter@peterjmay.demon.co.uk
Website: www.watergardenermagazine.com

John Negus

Writer, photographer
Home town:
Farnham
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: Around £50-£70 including travel
Talks:
Twelve Months of Colour
Winning Water Gardens
Shrubs of Distinction
An Eye for Design
Gardening with Flair
British Wild Flowers
Contact: john_negus@o2.co.uk

Janine Pattison

Garden and landscape designer, garden writer, horticulturist
Home town: Bournemouth, Dorset
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: From £100 plus 40p per mile travel
Talks:
Plants for Free - a practical guide to propagation
Low-maintenance gardens - fact or fiction
Fabulous foliage
Right plant, right place
Getting more colour into your garden
Designing a new border
Your new garden - where to start
Full-day workshops available
CPD training for architects
Contact: janine@janinepattison.com

Amanda Patton

Garden designer, illustrator, writer and photographer
Home town: Pulborough, West Sussex
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: Negotiable
Talks:
Designing with water
Plant partners, designing with plants
Colour in the garden
Garden design
Contact: info@amandapatton.co.uk

Graham A Pavey

Garden designer, author, photographer
Home Town:
Bedford
Distance willing to travel: Any
Fees: £110 plus 45p per mile travelling
Talks:
The Mistakes Gardeners Make
More Mistakes Gardeners Make
Garden Design Techniques
Creative Gardening for Busy People
Patio Garden Design
Vertical Gardening
The Shady Border
Contact: graham@grahamapavey.co.uk
Website: www.grahamapavey.co.uk/talks.htm

Graham Porter

Horticultural consultant, writer and broadcaster
Home Town:
Huddersfield
Distance willing to travel: 100 miles
Fees: £100 plus 30p per mile travelling expenses, but group and type dependant
Talks:
Wildlife Gardening - and a little bit more!
Trees and Shrubs in the Small Garden
Gardeners' Question Time
Garden Design
Autumn Bounty
Spring into Action
How to Make the Best Use of a Small Space
Organic Pest Control
A Cut Above the Rest
Contact: graham.porter@ntlworld.com

Rebecca Pow

Writer, broadcaster
Home town: Taunton
Distance willing to travel: 75 miles
Fees: £200 including travel
Talks:
Don't Cut it Down! (wildlife gardening)
All Gardens Great and Small
The Hidden Garden of Hestercombe
The Making of Garden Club
Contact: rebecca@powproductions.tv

Graham Rice

Award-winning writer, blogger, broadcaster plantsman
Home town: Near Peterborough
Distance willing to travel: Any
Fees: Negotiable, plus mileage
Talks:
Britain's Favourite Perennials
Planting the Dry Shade Garden
Perennials for Flower and Foliage
Hellebores
Ultimate Plants for Small Gardens
Transatlantic Perennials
Transatlantic Treasures
Hot New Perennials
Or suggest a topic…
Contact: graham@grahamrice.com
Websites: www.grahamrice.com, www.gardenphotos.com
Blog: transatlanticgardener.com

Steffie Shields

Photographer, writer, garden historian
Home town: Grantham
Distance willing to travel: Unlimited in England
Fees: Negotiable, not less than £100
Talks:
'Capability' Brown and the Gift of Landscape
Bloomin' Lovely
Impressions of Lincolnshire
Have Garden - Will Travel
The Artist in the Garden
Was 'Capability' Brown a Golfer
'Capability' Brown - The Lincolnshire Connection
A Ducal landscape
Mr Brown Engineer
My Green Studio
Contact: shieldssb@aol.com
Website: www.steffie-shields.co.uk

Lucy Summers

Writer, author, broadcaster
Home town: Surrey
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: By negotiation
Talks:
Talks can be tailored to the event. Topics include:
Drought-tolerant Gardening
Getting the Best from your Gardening
Love Chelsea
Planting for Bees and Wildlife
Contact: info@lucysummers.co.uk
Website: www.lucysummersgardendesign.co.uk or through management agency www.knightayton.co.uk

Mike Warren

Photographer
Home town:
Ipswich
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: By negotiation
Talks:
International Escapades
Climbers, Creepers and Crawlers
The Passionate Gardener
Autumn and Winter Colour
Flowers in the City
Gardeners' Delight
Through the Year with a Horticultural Photographer
Scents of the Garden
Irish Gardens
Gardens of Belgium & Holland
Contact: warrenmichael@btinternet.com

Susie White

Writer, author, photographer
Home town: Hexham, Northumberland
Distance willing to travel: North of England and Southern Scotland, possibly further afield
Fees: £120, expenses negotiable depending on distance
Talks:
The Natural Garden (planting aesthetically for greater wildlife diversity)
A Blank Canvas: making a garden from scratch
Herbs in the ornamental garden
Organic and biodynamic gardening
Wild herbs: food, healing and folklore
Wildflower Gardening
Antique Flowers: cottage garden heritage plants
Gardens of Northumberland and the Borders (based on Susie's book)
Contact: susie@susie-white.co.uk
Website: www.susie-white.co.uk

Paul Williams

Writer, author, broadcaster
Home town: Shipston on Stour
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: £150 plus travel
Talks:
Digging Deeper - a lively and entertaining look at plant and garden science
Winter Containers
Ornamental Container Gardening
All talks are practical demonstrations and no slides are used, therefore no talks in the dormant season.
Contact: pw@mitochondria.wanadoo.co.uk
Website: pw-horticulture.com

Angela Youngman

Writer, author, consultant
Home town: Norwich
Distance willing to travel: Negotiaible within Norfolk/Suffolk
Fees: £50 plus 20p per mile travelling expenses
Talks:
The Perils of Product Trialling for Tried & Tested Features
Green Gardening
Grey water & reducing water useage
Sensory Gardens for Less-abled Gardeners
Children's Gardening
Recycling in the Garden
Contact: pinewoodlodge@aspects.net

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