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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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Caroline Rham Virtual Talks Available

Caroline Rham

Based in:
Distance willing to travel:
Virtual talks available: Yes




Advolly Richmond FLS Garden History MA

Advolly Richmond FLS

Full list of Advolly' s lectures can be found on her website

Based in: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Virtual talks available: No

Fees: On request



Mark Ridsdill Smith Virtual Talks Available

Mark Ridsdill Smith

An experienced speaker, I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for growing anything edible in containers - and the wide ranging benefits of growing your own at home. Past talks include: Hampton Court Flower Show, Manchester International Festival, London Permaculture Festival, Ideal Home Exhibition, and many community gardens and gardening clubs.

Distance willing to travel: Any
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: From £150 + travel expenses.

Talks: The Eight Steps to Successful Container Gardening. Tips and Techniques to Grow LOTS of food in a very small space. How to Set up and Run a Wormery and make top quality vermicast. The best vegetables, herbs and fruits to grow in containers. How to grow at low cost or even free. How growing in small spaces in the city can help us eat better, create beauty, connect with nature and our local community, and live with a lighter footprint.


Katrina Roche RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture September 2016

Katrina Roche

Katrina is a gardener and garden writer and gives illustrated talks about gardens and gardening.

Based in: Kew, Richmond
Distance willing to travel: Up to 40 miles
Virtual talks available: No

Fees: £120

Talks: 1. Resilient Gardening: How to adapt your garden to cope with climate change. 2. Gardening for Wildlife: Haven or Hell? Fad or the Future? Your garden doesn’t have to be a wilderness in order to be a haven for wildlife. 3.NT Osterley House and Garden. Scenes from 7 years as a garden volunteer.


Harriet Rycroft Virtual Talks Available

Harriet Rycroft

Harriet's speciality is ornamental container gardening. Drawing on her experience at Whichford Pottery and at home, she gives talks and practical demonstrations full of planting ideas and practical tips

Based in: North Cotswolds
Distance willing to travel: Any if expenses covered
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: Please email with proposed date and postcode for a quote

Talks: 1. Pots for Hot Spots and Shady Characters – summer container planting ideas which won't fry on your patio or keel over in a corner 2. Potty Time (A Year in Pots) - a romp around the calendar, with tips and ideas for keeping your container displays looking good all year round 3. A Friendly Greeting - making doors and front gardens more welcoming with containers 4. Planting Pots for Winter Interest and Spring Joy - creating container plantings which last from September to May (using bulbs, perennials, shrubs and bedding plants) - demo can only be done Sept-Dec


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