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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 their contact details.

Please note

This is a service for gardening clubs and scoaieties. The Garden Media Guild is not responsible for the speakers and 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.

Richard Barnes

Writer, photographer, lecturer
Home town: Morpeth, Northumberland
Distance willing to travel: Within 100 miles of home, but greater distances by negotiation
Fees: Negotiable, plus travel expenses if necessary
The Winter Garden
Plants From the Ends of the Earth
Unnatural Landscapes
It’s Not All About Plants
Plant and Garden Photography

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
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, biodiversity and good gardening, gardening in public places.

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)
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: or

Margaret Easter

Author, photographer, National Plant Collection Holder Thymus (Scientific Status)
Home town: Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Distance willing to travel: Any. For distances above 65 miles, overnight accommodation please
Fees: From £100 plus train and underground travel as appropriate
The Garden in Autumn and Winter
Plants for the Summer Border
Bulbs Through the Year
Grasses for the Small Garden
Herbs in the Garden
Thymes for the Garden
Thymus Species and Cultivars
Thyme in the Wild

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
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

Sue Fisher

Writer, broadcaster
Home town:
Yelverton, Devon
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: Negotiable
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

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
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

Patricia Fox

Garden designer, writer, blogger, TV presenter
Home town: Hatfield Heath, Hertfordshire
Distance willing to travel: Happy to travel to far-flung places or close by
Fees: Negotiable. Mileage at 50p per mile plus overnight accommodation if needed
Garden Design (Contemporary & Traditional)
Small Gardens – what NOT to do!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The Trials & Tribulations of a Show Garden – Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow
Designing Contemporary Roof Terraces
Outdoor Entertaining – How to make the most of your garden space for entertaining
How to create structure & drama in the garden
Designing contemporary planting schemes
Please ask if there is a specific topic that you would like me to talk on. I'm always happy to introduce new talks.

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
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.

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
Design inspirations from Chaumont (annual Garden Design Festival)

Geoff Hodge

Writer, editor, author, TV and radio presenter
Home town: Peterborough
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance
Fees: £105-£150 plus 37p per mile travel (depending on petrol prices at the time)
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
All Muck & Magic? The Answer Lies In The Soil!
Colour All Year Round
Plus more, which are listed on his website.

Caroline Holmes

Writer, journalist, TV and radio presenter, lecturer
Home town:
Bury St. Edmunds
Distance willing to travel: Any distance (subject to negotiation)
Fees: From £300 (including travel)
Permission to Poison, the Alnwick Garden
Landscaping England – Mr Brown who saw Capabilities
Monet at Giverny
Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener
Sheer folly – weird and wonderful garden buildings
Website: for full list

Michael Howes

Home town: Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Distance willing to travel: All requests considered, but I am unable to do medium to long distance evening appointments.
Fees: By negotiation
Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Photography
Digital and Conventional Photography
Plant and Garden Photography

Andrea Jones

Photographer, author
Home town: Barr, Near Girvan, South Ayrshire
Distance willing to travel: Anywhere in the world
Fees: Negotiable
Picture Your Garden - Tips and techniques using today’s photographic devices to capture your garden at its magical best
The Garden Source - Gardens that Andrea has visited that inspire and trigger ideas for your own or your clients
Remarkable Gardens - A visual tour of some 30 special and sometimes quirky gardens Andrea has documented around the world

Maureen Little

Author, lecturer, designer, local radio contributor
Home town: Preston, Lancashire
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: Negotiable, but not less than £150 plus expenses
Keep Your Garden Buzzing (bee-friendly gardening)
Designing a Bee-friendly Border
The Best Bee-friendly Perennials
To Scarborough Fair – And Beyond! (Culinary herbs)
Gardens in Impressionist Art
Full-day workshops available

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
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

Jonathan Moseley

International florist & flower arranger, demonstrator and speaker. TV and radio broadcaster, writer, lecturer
Home town: Coal Aston, Derbyshire
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: Presentations from £150. Full floristry/flower arranging demonstrations available by negotiation
Seasonal demonstrations of traditional and contemporary floristry/flower arranging
Wedding Flowers
Flowers in History
Dressing the Home for Christmas
A Cut Flower Garden
Grow, Cut, Arrange!
Florabundance at Chatsworth

John Negus

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

Sally Nex

Writer, journalist, lecturer
Home town:
Taunton, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: £75 plus travel expenses at 45p per mile
Behind the Scenes at Chelsea
Growing veg in small spaces
A beginner's guide to self-sufficiency
Year-round veg growing
...or suggest a topic!

Adam Pasco

Gardening journalist, editor, photographer, presenter, broadcaster and horticultural consultant
Home Town:
Distance willing to travel: Any distance considered
Fees: From £180 plus 45p per mile travelling expenses
Easy Ways to Better Gardening
The Golden Rules of Gardening
Grow the Best Glorious Plants
Gardening the Natural Way
And many more or suggested topics can be considered

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
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

Amanda Patton

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

Alan Sargent

Writer, landscaper
Home town: Petworth, West Sussex
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: From £100 (evening) or £300 (all day) plus 15p per mile
Confessions of a Gardener (humorous)
Positive Imaging – Selling Your Skills (for all would-be Landscapers & Designers)
Job Interviews (serious and humorous!)
Dealing With Difficult Sites – Planning Your Garden Project
Getting the Best from Your Garden (Appreciating your assets)
Starting Your Own Garden Business Venture

Steffie Shields

Photographer, writer, garden historian
Home town: Grantham
Distance willing to travel: Unlimited in England
Fees: Negotiable, not less than £100
'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

Lucy Summers

Writer, author, broadcaster
Home town: Surrey
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: By negotiation
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
Website: or through management agency

Ian Thwaites

Writer, photographer, plant hunter
Home town: Malvern
Distance willing to travel: Please ask
Fees: Please enquire plus travel and overnight accommodation if a long way
All cacti and succulent based
Cacti and Succulents - An introduction (talk with plants)
Plant Hunting in South Africa (a general introduction)
South Africa - the Western Cape
South Africa - The Karoos
Namibia - The Land of Giants and Minatures
Madagascar - The Red Island - Part One
Madagascar - The Red Island - Part Two
Mexico - The threatened Cacti of Mexico

Mike Warren

Home town:
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: By negotiation
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

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
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)

Paul Williams

Writer, author, broadcaster
Home town: Shipston on Stour
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: Negotiable, plus 35p per mile travel
Digging Deeper - a lively and entertaining look at plant and garden science
Winter Containers
Ornamental Container Gardening
Peppers, Potatoes, Petunias and Poisons - a look at Solanaceae, the deadly nightshade family
All talks are practical demonstrations and no slides are used, therefore no talks in the dormant season.

Angela Youngman

Writer, author, consultant
Home town: Norwich
Distance willing to travel: Negotiaible within Norfolk/Suffolk
Fees: £50 plus 20p per mile travelling expenses
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