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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.

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

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
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)

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: £100 plus 35p per mile travel
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.

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)
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

Michael Howes

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
Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Photography
Digital and Conventional Photography
Plant and Garden Photography

Terry Illsley

Writer, lecturer, photographer
Home town:
Diss, Norfolk
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable
Fees: £40 plus 20p per mile travel
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
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

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

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!

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

Graham Porter

Horticultural consultant, writer and broadcaster
Home Town:
Distance willing to travel: 100 miles
Fees: £100 plus 30p per mile travelling expenses, but group and type dependant
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

Rebecca Pow

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

Graham Rice

Award-winning writer, blogger, broadcaster plantsman
Home town: Near Peterborough
Distance willing to travel: Any
Fees: Negotiable, plus mileage
Britain's Favourite Perennials
Planting the Dry Shade Garden
Perennials for Flower and Foliage
Ultimate Plants for Small Gardens
Transatlantic Perennials
Transatlantic Treasures
Hot New Perennials
Or suggest a topic…

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