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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.

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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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Stephanie Hafferty Virtual Talks Available

Stephanie Hafferty

Stephanie is an enthusiastic professional speaker with decades of experience hosting talks and workshops in person, online, in the UK and abroad, including Kew Gardens, RHS Shows, BBC Gardeners World Live and gardening clubs/societies. In 2024 she was named as one of the top 100 leading women in horticulture.

Based in: Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales, UK
Distance willing to travel: Any
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: Please contact for more details

Talks: Full details of talks are on Stephanie's website. No Dig Gardening - how to grow year round using sustainable gardening methods Small Scale Homesteading - leading the good life, whatever size your plot How to create a healthy soil and garden. Biodiversity for Natural Resilience and Pest Control Creating an RHS Show Garden - my experiences project managing and designing an RHS Show Garden for Hampton Court Garden Festival. Growing and Using Edible Flowers How to Grow A Bar Garden Can also create bespoke talks

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Andrew Halstead Virtual Talks Available

Andrew Halstead

Retired RHS Principal Entomologist, beekeeper, wide interests in insects and conservation issues

Based in: Woking, Surrey, UK
Distance willing to travel: About 50 miles
Virtual talks available: Yes

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Talks: 1. Pests of vegetables 2. Pests of fruits 3. Pests of ornamental plants 4. Glasshouse pests 5. Pest recognition and control A general talk on the more important pests of garden and glasshouse plants. 6. Pests new to Britain in recent years A look at some of the alien pests that have become established in Britain in recent years. 7. Beneficial insects in the garden Insects and other invertebrate animals that are useful as pollinators, predators or parasites, and their use as biological controls for some glasshouse and garden pests. 8. Plant galls A look at some of the insects, mites and eelworms responsible for producing abnormal growths on plants. 9. Pesticides – are they safe? Insecticides and other pesticides have gained a poor reputation in recent years as public opinion becomes increasingly “green”. This talk outlines the history of pesticides, the research undertaken by chemical companies into the toxicology and environmental effects of new pesticides, and puts into perspective the risks and benefits of use. 10. Encouraging wildlife in your garden How you can develop your garden to benefit wildlife without turning your garden into a weed-filled wilderness. 11. The private lives of ladybirds Common garden insects that are much more diverse in appearance and habits than generally realised. 12. Wasps and bumblebees A look at the social wasps and bumblebees commonly found in gardens. 13. A crash course in beekeeping A look at honeybee management and honey production 14. Honeybee anatomy A more specialist talk for beekeepers 15. Bugs that bite back A look at some of the insects and mites that either sting us or suck our blood. 16. Insects and pollination A look at the insects that help bring about pollination, why some pollinators have become less abundant and what you can do about it. 17. Sawflies – a beginner’s guide Sawflies have caterpillar-like larvae and some species are garden pests. A look at the biology and diversity of Britain’s 500+ species. 18. Heathland’s smaller creatures Insects that occur on the Thames Basin heaths. 19. The Asian hornet problem - a major threat to bees and other pollinating insects

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Nick Hamilton ND Commercial Horticulture Virtual Talks Available

Nick Hamilton

I have spent my lifetime in horticulture and speak on a range of different topics, ranging from talks about Barnsdale Gardens to perennials, shrubs, trees and climbers.

Based in: Oakham, Rutland, UK
Distance willing to travel: Any
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: Up to 30 miles from Barnsdale - £350 Over 30 miles from Barnsdale - £500 + 60 pence per mile

Talks: Barnsdale - the television years. Barnsdale after Geoff (1996-present day). The Right Genes - a fun talk based on Nick's new book. Perfect autumn perennials. Stunning autumn shrubs. Spectacular autumn trees. Essential trees and shrubs for a winter garden. Spring into spring – plants to give spring interest. Must have summer perennials. Essential summer flowering shrubs. Summer trees. Gardening in shade. Organic gardening. Drought tolerant plants. How to have vegetables all year round. Penstemon – varieties, growing techniques and aftercare. Composting techniques. Preparing your garden for winter. Hemerocallis – varieties, growing techniques and aftercare. What goes into a flower show? Wildlife – the good, the bad and the ugly. Vegetative plant propagation –softwood, semi-ripe, hardwood and root cuttings. Herbs in the garden. Bog gardens and associated plants. Trees for a small garden. Climbers for all aspects. Beautiful berries.

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Paul Hensey Virtual Talks Available

Paul Hensey

Paul is the Principal of a successful Landscape and Garden Design Consultancy. Assisting Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and contractors with the construction and detailing. Paul lectures on construction detailing and materials and is the author of several books.

Based in: Midhurst, West Sussex, UK
Distance willing to travel:
Virtual talks available: Yes

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Grace Hensley Certified Professional Horticulturist Virtual Talks Available

Grace Hensley

I speak on a variety of subjects around garden photography, specifically camera usage, smartphone photography, editing, and finding your style

Based in: Bainbridge Island, WA, USA, United States of America
Distance willing to travel: worldwide
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: Variable depending on time and distance

Talks: Plant and Shoot - Great Garden Photography with your Smartphone Smartphone Videography for Landscapers and Garden Centers Seeing in Squares - What to shoot in the Garden

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Geoff Hodge BSc (Hons), MCIHort Virtual Talks Available

Geoff Hodge

Geoff Hodge is a garden writer, broadcaster and editor, working for various national gardening magazines and websites – as well as lots more besides! Previously, he was the Online Editor for the Royal Horticultural Society, Gardening Editor and Editor of Garden News magazine and Technical Editor of Garden Answers magazine.

Based in: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK
Distance willing to travel: I regularly travel up to 120 miles. Venues further afield may incur an additional payment on my fees plus overnight hotel accommodation; please ask when making enquiries.
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: £115 plus 40p* per mile travelling expenses. * This is my current mileage rate. Travelling expenses are dependent on fuel prices at the time of the talk, and may have to change accordingly.

Talks: All Muck & Magic? The Answer Lies In The Soil! A Tapestry of Foliage Bugs & Garden Plagues – Pest & Disease Control Clematis: The Queen Of The Climbers Easy Gardening – Low-Maintenance Gardens Gardening on Chalk Gardening on Clay Gardening on the Coast Gardening with Changing Climate – Gardening in the Global Greenhouse Gardening in Dry & Drought Conditions – Drought-resisting Plants Gardening in the Shade Gardening Inside – Greenhouse Gardening GYO Veg – Grow Your Own Vegetables Happy, Healthy Roses Happy Houseplants – The Indoor Jungle Luscious Lawns – Lawncare for Perfect Lawns Plants for Problem Places Propagation – Plants for Free Pruning – Making it Simple: The First Cut Is The Deepest Fragrant Plants & The Scented Garden The 12-Month Garden – Colour All Year Round The Life & Times of a Gardening Editor Weeds & the Weed-free Garden Winter Colour in the Garden – Beating the Winter Blues Q&As - have all your gardening questions answered

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Michael Holland BSc Ecology Virtual Talks Available

Michael Holland

Michael has a good selection of interesting illustrated talks - drawn from his varied career and interests on numerous aspects of the natural world, social history, health and botany.

Based in: London, UK
Distance willing to travel: 100 MILES
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: £150 including reasonable travel from London

Talks: • Five Plants That Changed the World • There’s No Such Thing as a Houseplant •State of the Art Healing Plants • Tales from the Fruit Bowl - A series of 4 talks on beloved fruits' stories, history, geography, folklore, symbolism, botany, nutrition, chemistry & more. Each talk highlights a plant family with notable members: ○ Zest & the Rest - the Citrus family ○ Gourd Almighty - the Cucurbitaceae family ○ Saucy & Spicy - the Solanaceae family ○ Core & More - the Rosaceae family • The 12 Plants of Christmas - Wreaths, Raisins & Roasties - a delve into the backstories and folklore of some common festive favourites • London's Parks and Gardens • Food is Medicine • Container Gardening for Food and Medicines.

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Caroline Holmes Virtual Talks Available

Caroline Holmes

Academic but not dry, see website for full details

Based in: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
Distance willing to travel: Any
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: £300+

Talks: A Zest for Herbs Impressionists in their Gardens Japanese gardens - temple, royal and domestic Memphis before Elvis - Egyptian plants and gardens Monet at Giverny Permission to Poison - the Alnwick Garden Sheer folly - a walk through garden history Slay them with flowers - Doctor Shatterhand’s garden Full list on website www.horti-history.com

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Nicola Hope Master of Horticulture (Royal Horticultural Society), Diploma in Professional Garden Design, Organic Horticulture HND Virtual Talks Available

Nicola Hope

Nikki loves to share her knowledge and experience in her witty and relaxed style. She’d be delighted to come to talk to your group or organisation. She talks on a number of subjects and her latest talk ‘Organic Gardening - Happy Plants, Happy Minds’ has proved very popular indeed.

Based in: Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: From £145.00 plus travel expenses of 0.45p per mile

Talks: 1) Organic Gardening ~ Happy Plants, Happy Minds - I take you through a gardening year in the big garden where I work. Plenty of tips, beautiful flowers and juicy vegetables. 2) Talking Tomatoes - I adore tomatoes and have grown them for myself and clients for many years. Growing tips and lots of great variety recommendations. 3) Designing an Organic Gardening - A mix of veg gardens and ornamental gardening information with loads of design tips for a pleasing and productive garden. 4) Tales from the Potting Shed - A whirlwind tour of the gardens in which I have worked (Highgrove, Cole Park, Sting’s Lake House etc.) with some tips and tales along the way. 5) The exciting world of No-dig and Polyculture - explaining the benefits and practicalities, plus how to implement these sustainable and productive gardening techniques in your garden.

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Catherine Horwood Virtual Talks Available

Catherine Horwood

I am an experienced and popular speaker regularly asked back by clubs and societies. Currently only taking local daytime bookings due to work commitments but virtual talks are available at all times. Do contact to discuss.

Based in: London, UK
Distance willing to travel: Local to London
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: From £125

Talks: Beth Chatto - a life with plants based on my biography Gardening Women - a selection of fascinting stories from across the centuries Potted History - a look at why and for how long house plants have taken over our homes The Cutting Garden - exploring the background to the current popularity of growing cut flowers ROSE - the cultural history of the world's favourite flower

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