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If you're a member of a garden club, horticultural society or similar organisation looking for a speaker to give a talk to your members, staff and others, then look no further than the Garden Media Guild members who are speakers and lecturers.

Members of the Garden Media Guild are either well-known writers, authors, photographers, bloggers, social media influencers, or radio or TV presenters. Our directory provides a list of the most popular talks they give – although they may have more – their contact details and fees.

Please note

This is a service for clubs and societies, provided by the Guild. The Garden Media Guild is not responsible for the speakers in any way and we cannot enter into any conversations with the clubs, societies and speakers concerning bookings, or any other matter, or any dispute that may arise from any subsequent bookings.

How to use

You can either see the full list of our members who give talks – simply scroll down the page – or you can search for a speaker.

If you know the name of the speaker you are interested in, type their name in the search box below.

If you're looking for a speaker within a certain distance of your club or society, type your postcode in the box plus the maximum number of miles you're willing for them to travel to you. You can also use the Speaker’s Home Town/City search box.

If you're looking for a specific topic, type this in the Talk Topic box. A list of all the speakers who talk on this subject will be returned.


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Karen Gimson Virtual Talks Available

Karen Gimson

Talks about garden design, choosing and using plants, growing flowers and veg.

Distance willing to travel: 50 miles. Negotiable.
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: Negotiable. Plus .45p per mile

Talks: 365 days of colour. My life as a garden designer. Planting containers for seasonal colour with a planting demonstration. Creating a show garden for Rainbows Children’s Hospice. Bulbs: choosing and planting bulbs, corms and tubers. Focus on dahlias, salvias and special plants. How to grow them. Choosing small trees and underplanting them, with a focus on creating mini-wildflower areas. Christmas specials: creating home-made table decorations and front door plant pots using material from the garden. Bespoke talks created for garden clubs, u3a and floristry societies. Please ask! A donation is made to charity with every talk.


Ruth Goudy Virtual Talks Available

Ruth Goudy

I give talks in person or via zoom. Each talk is accompanied by a presentation using plenty of my colourful flower pictures. I like people to feel uplifted and entertained as well as educated! I am happy to answer any questions after each talk.

Based in: Ipswich
Distance willing to travel: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, London. Approx. 1 hrs travel although this can be negotiated.
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: See my website for details

Talks: Flower Power – How Flowers benefit our Wellbeing How to Connect to the Flowers – The ‘Language of the Flowers’, flower essences and modern interpretations. Building a Nursery from Scratch – the good, the bad and the plants! Creating a space to remember someone special – from a bunch of flowers to a memorial garden Plants of the Bible – where they appear and how they help our faith. Greener Gardening – Plastic, Peat and being Sustainable (not available via zoom as we look at examples) Three Generations of Farming in Kesgrave, Suffolk – Fruit, Arable and Horticulture 1930s to present


Annie Guilfoyle BA Garden Design Virtual Talks Available

Annie Guilfoyle

Annie is happy to talk about all aspects of garden and planting design.

Based in: Midhurst
Distance willing to travel: 50 miles radius maybe more in summer months.
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: on application

Talks: What makes a great garden? What makes a great garden designer? Contemporary garden design for small spaces Scent in the garden Using themes and concepts in garden design


Richard Gulliver FLS

Richard Gulliver

PhD in seed science. My wife and I suggested the 22 local Islay botanicals for The Botanist Gin and gathered them for 7 years. Researched conservation biology of Irish Lady’s-tresses orchid. Developed brook-side wildlife garden in Shropshire - ongoing. Monitored landscape change in central Leicestershire. Studied native elms.

Based in: Shrewsbury
Distance willing to travel: 70 miles
Virtual talks available: No

Fees: £350 plus 45p per mile travelling



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