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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 members of The Garden Media Guild who are speakers.

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 societies. 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.

Adam Alexander

Lecturer, Writer: Trade & Professional, Website
Based in: Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Distance willing to travel: Any distance

Fees: £150 plus 50p/mile distances up to 75 miles. £250 plus travelling expenses over 75 miles
THE GARDENS OF THE MEKONG – A journey of horticultural discovery
THE ADVENTURES OF A SEED DETECTIVE – Meetings with remarkable vegetables
SEED SAVING MADE SIMPLE – Its easy, its rewarding and anyone can do it
A GARDEN ABOVE THE ESTUARY – Creating an organic veg-plot from scratch
THE CULTURE OF SEED SAVING – Meetings with remarkable growers


Camilla Anderson

Garden Historian, Lecturer and Photographer
Based in: Derbyshire
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: From £85 (+ mileage and accommodation as necessary)
Edwardian Gardens and the gardens of Harold Peto
Eltham Palace: A history of the Palace and the 20th century garden created by the Courtaulds
Pan, Poussin and the Picturesque: A discussion of three 18th century gardens
Unforgettable gardens of Cornwall and Devon
Unforgettable gardens of Somerset and Dorset

Stephen Anderton

Author, lecturer, broadcaster, garden writer for the Times, formerly professional gardener and National Gardens Manager for English Heritage
Home town: Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Distance willing to travel: Any distance

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM, Skype, Teams

Fees: £250 + expenses
Lives of the Great Gardeners
Christopher Lloyd: His Life at Great Dixter
Discovering Welsh Gardens
Gardening in the Teeth of the Wind
My Favourite Gardens

Russell Attwood

Entertaining speaker, experienced allotment gardener and blog author with a background in crop science and education
Home town: Kettering, Northamptonshire
Distance willing to travel:50 miles, eg anywhere between Oxford and Cambridge or within the Midlands. Further afield considered.

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

Fees:£100 plus travel expenses
No-Dig Gardening
A Passion for Pumpkins - The Amazing Pumpkin Show!
Soil, more than just dirt
weeds, how to manage and love them (available soon)
Contact: 07954 091 883

Richard Barnes

Writer, photographer, lecturer
Home town: Morpeth, Northumberland
Distance willing to travel: Within 100 miles of home, but greater distances by negotiation

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: From £75
The Winter Garden
Plants From the Ends of the Earth
Unnatural Landscapes
It’s Not All About Plants
Plant and Garden Photography

Camilla Bassett-Smith

Writer, Radio broadcaster, TV broadcaster.
Home town: Gloucestershire
Distance willing to travel: Up to 30 miles.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: negotiable.
Working in Gardening TV: behind the scenes of the BBC RHS Chelsea coverage & other programmes.
Contact: See profile page

Jackie Bennett

Garden writer, author
Home town: Cambridge/Norwich
Distance willing to travel: Throughout East Anglia, and further by negotiation

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: £150-£250 (+ mileage and accommodation as necessary)
The Writer's Garden
The Artist's Garden
Jane Austen's Gardens - Real and Imagined
Shakespeare's Gardens
Island Gardens - Journeys around the British Isles

Philippa Bensley

Writer, Author, Photographer, Radio broadcaster, Lecturer
Home town: Southampton
Distance willing to travel: Anywhere

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees:£120 plus 45p per mile for travelling plus accommodation if needed
Chelsea Secrets - behind the scenes at Chelsea
Climbers - everything you needed to know
Garden Snippets - different plants for flower arrangers
North East to Far East - the story of the World Flower Art Competition in Beijing

Matthew Biggs

Home town: Hertfordshire
Distance willing to travel: Any.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM, Skype, Microsoft Teams.

Fees: Negotiable.
Lessons from Great Botanists
Secrets of Great Gardeners
Dig for Victory
The Wonder of Plants
The RHS Today
The Lobb Brothers – Plant Hunters extraordinaire

Mandy Bradshaw

Garden writer, award-winning journalist, blogger and photographer.
Home town: Gloucestershire
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: available on request plus travel expenses.
Beyond the Garden Gate – my guide to Cotswold Gardens
Finding the Angle at Chelsea – a journalist’s view of the world-famous flower show
The Four Seasons – Cotswolds style.

Karen Chapman

Writer, Author, Photographer, Lecturer, Design
Home town: Washington, United States
Distance willing to travel: anywhere within USA or farther afield by arrangement.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: £200 and up + travel costs if appropriate.
Foliage First: 3 easy steps to transform your gardens from frumpy to fabulous
Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for gardens & budgets of all sizes
Deer-Resistant Drama: Creating fence-free gardens that thrive despite the deer
Creating Captivating Gardens: learn to add mystery, intrigue, & magic
The Squish Factor – designing abundant container gardens

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.

Chris Collins

Writer, Lecturer, Author, TV broadcaster
Home town: London
Distance willing to travel: UK wide
Fees: £150 - £300 plus expenses
A Year at Westminster Abbey
A British Gardener abroad ( Working in Cameroon & Japan)
Urban Organic gardening
How to Grow a School Garden
Contact: 07540309759

Katherine Crouch

A gardener since the age of 8, I won BBC Gardener of the year in 1999, won BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008, and Gold at Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. I started Katherine Crouch Garden Design in 2000, design gardens in the South West and give talks at many garden clubs.
Home town: Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: any at 45p per mile plus overnight accommodation if far from Somerset

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM or Covid compliant visit

Fees: Negotiable
New Tricks for Old Gardeners
Plants That should be Better Known
Plants for Difficult Places
Grasses in the Garden
The Hardy Exotic Garden
Bulbs that Should be Better Known
Contact: 07594 574150

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

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM, Canvas & Microsoft Teams

Fees: Negociable.
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: 01455 286299 or

Alan Down

Writer, Radio broadcaster, Radio presenter, TV presenter, Lecturer
Home town:
Yeovil, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: 75 miles

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: £150 for Zoom, £300 for face to face + mileage
Where the Desert Blooms- a visit to Namaqualand
Hellebores; Old and New
Sensational Autumn Colour
Winter Colour in the Garden
Garden Plants that Deliver Good Value
Magnificent Magnolias

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

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

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

Fay Edwards

Garden writer
Home town: Worcestershire
Distance willing to travel: UK wide
Fees: £275 + travel expenses 
Plastic-free Gardening
The Truth about Peat
Should You Go Organic?

Joff Elphick

Home town: Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Distance willing to travel:Will travel up to 100 miles

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

Fees:£125 plus travel
I give fascinating talks to garden clubs, charities, and horticultural societies, within a range of 100 miles from Cirencester and anywhere on planet earth via zoom. My talks are one of the very few multi-media presentations given in the horticulture world with audio and video as well as the traditional illustrations and photographs. Feedback-’We’ve just had our AGM and agree you’re the best speaker we’ve had. Please can you come back next year’. ‘ It was so engaging with the video and audio too. Thank you so much’.
Latest Talk: Crayfish on the lawn and other gardening stories.

Martin Fish

Writer, author, TV & radio presenter, garden advisor
Home town: Near Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: between £80.00 - £100.00
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, designer, broadcaster
Home town:
Yelverton, Devon
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: From £95. ( Additional charge for Q &A if required)
Gardening in a Changing Climate
Spectacular Containers for Year-round Colour
Making the Most of a Small Garden
Garden-wise Recycling
Wildlife friendly gardening

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

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: £100 per hour, plus any additional time at the same rate pro rated. 1 hours talk £100 2 hours – 1.5 talk plus 30 min Q&A = £200
Designing Contemporary Planting Schemes (new for 2020) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Finishing Touches (increasing the value of your garden - a run through of different features and how to use them for best effect) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Trials & Tribulations of a RHS Chelsea Show Garden - A PERSONAL FAVOURITE OF MINE
Garden Design Basic Principles - Contemporary & Traditional
Small Garden Design Basic Principles & What not to do!
How to add value to your garden space/How to increase the value of your home
Outdoor Entertaining (how to create a beautiful garden for entertaining in)
Designing Contemporary Roof Gardens
Please ask if there is a specific topic that you would like me to talk on. I'm always happy to introduce new talks.

Vicki Gardner

Photographer & Mindfulness teacher (Garden Photographer at The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook)
Home town: Chudleigh, Devon
Distance willing to travel: Any but further than 100 miles or a late finish must include overnight accomodation

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

Fees: By negotiation. Travel to include 45p per mile.
Garden Photography
Photographing the Italian Garden, Great Ambrook
Mindfulness in Photography
Tailored talks, courses and workshops in person and by Zoom
Full day in person ‘Introduction to Digital Photography’ course and half day workshops including Autumn Colours, Macro and Abstract, Photograph the Garden, Mindfulness in Photography & Mindfulness & Meditation

Karen Gimson

BBC Radio leicester gardening expert. Writer for Garden News. Blogs at
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable, but mostly around the East Midlands area

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: Negotiable. All fees donated to Rainbows Hospice for Children.
My life as a garden designer
Creating a show garden for Rainbows Hospice for children
356 days of colour in the garden
Creating a cut flower garden
Flower arranging day courses also available, with fees for charity.
Contact: 07930 246974; @kgimson on twitter; Karengimson1 on instagram;

Ruth Goudy

Garden writer, Radio Suffolk gardening expert, owner and manager Kiln Farm Nursery and Garden Centre.
Based in: Ipswich, Suffolk
Distance willing to travel: Throughout East Anglia and further by negotiation.

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

Fees: £95 plus expenses where applicable
Flower Power – How Flowers benefit our Wellbeing
How to Connect to the Flowers
Building a nursery from scratch – the good, the bad and the plants!
Plants of the Bible

Sally Gregson

Writer, author, owner of Mill Cottage Plants
Home town: Wells, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: Any distance (to include a bed for the night if necessary)

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM, Skype, Teams

Fees: £150-£200 plus 45p/mile travel expenses
The Naked Garden (in winter)
Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels
Practical Propagation
21st century Cottage Gardens

Annie Guilfoyle

Writer, Lecturer, Soubnd Broadcaster
Home town: Midhurst, West Sussex
Distance willing to travel: 50 miles from Midhurst.

Fees: £100 + travel fee where applicable.
The Small Garden
What makes a great garden
The contemporary garden
Create your own planting plan
Contact: See Profile page

Dr Richard Gulliver FLS

Author, lecturer, botanist, ecologist, photographer
Home town:
Distance willing to travel: 70 miles
Fees: £125 plus 45p per mile travelling.
Contact: and copy in

Andrew Halstead

Author, lecturer, retired Royal Horticultural Society Entomologist
Home town:
Woking, Surrey
Distance willing to travel: circa 50 miles radius of Woking, Surrey

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: Negotiable, from £95
Bugs that bite back (insects and mites that bite or sting)
Encouraging wildlife in your garden
Insects and pollination
Pests new to Britain in recent years
Private lives of ladybirds
Wasps and bumblebees
Other talks available on request

Nick Hamilton

Writer, author and co-owner of Barnsdale Gardens
Home town: Oakham, Rutland
Distance willing to travel: Just about any distance

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

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.

Richard Harvey

Photographer, lecturer, and keen chilli grower with a passion for telling the stories of the Great British garden.
Home town: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Distance willing to travel:Any distance

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM, Skype, Teams

Fees:£75.00 + expenses
Gardens of Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds
Cornish Seascape Gardens
Great British Castle Gardens
Contact: 07932 430513

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

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: £110-£150 plus 38p per mile travel (depending on petrol prices at the time); talks via Zoom £95/£100
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.

Michael Holland, FLS

Writer, Lecturer, Author
Home town: London
Distance willing to travel: 75 miles from London E4

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: £120 plus 45p per mile for travelling plus accommodation if needed.
Five plants that Changed the World
Food is medicine
Tales From the Fruit Bowl- a series of 4 talks (which can be given individually): Core & More (the Rose family); Zest & the Rest (citruses); Saucy & Spicy (the nightshade family); Gourd Almighty (cucumbers and their cousins).
Contact: 07870343128

Caroline Holmes

Writer, journalist, TV and radio presenter, lecturer
Home town: Bury St. Edmunds
Distance willing to travel: Any distance (subject to negotiation)

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: From £150 
Impressionists in their gardens
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

Nicola Hope

Writer, Lecturer, Social Media Infludencer, Artist
Based in: Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Distance willing to travel: Up to 30 miles

Fees: £95 plus travel expenses
Organic Gardening – Happy plants, Happy minds
Talking Tomatoes
Tales from the Potting Shed
Designing an Organic Garden
Contact: Mobile 07711 285 447 Email

Dr Catherine Horwood

Garden writer, author and social historian
Home town: Central London
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable but mainly Home Counties/East Anglia.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM considered on request.

Fees: Negotiable
Beth Chatto. A Life with Plants, based on my authorised biography (European Garden Book of the Year 2019)
Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to Today, an entertaining look at some of the hidden women in horticulture
Potted History: How Houseplants Took Over Our Homes, charting how interior styles have fashioned our love of houseplants

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
Secrets of Garden Photography
Camera Basics (workshop for beginners)
Garden Shows (short presentation)
Basic, intermediate and advanced talks can be tailored to meet the needs of individual clubs

Andrea Jones

Photographer, author
Home town: Barr, Near Girvan, South Ayrshire
Distance willing to travel: Anywhere in the world

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

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

Mark Lane

Writer, TV broadcaster
Home town: Canterbury, Kent
Distance willing to travel: any distance (travel costs to be covered)

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM and Microsoft Teams

Fees: Negotiable
Royal Gardens of the World
Fruits grown in Royal Gardens
The accessible garden
Plants for naturalistic planting schemes
My life in gardening, garden design and broadcasting
Wildlife-friendly gardens

Darren Lerigo

Writer, Editor, Lecturer
Home town: Chelmsford, Essex
Distance willing to travel: Nationally.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: £95 plus travel or £60 via Zoom.
What Do I Do With This Space?
Diluted: How We Use Water In The Garden
Clippings: How To Prune Topiary & Shrubs
Helping The Honeybee: Plants For Bees
A Very British Garden
Contact: 07768639388

Alison Levey

Writer, Lecturer
Home town: Leicestershire
Distance willing to travel: Usually within 60 miles of Leicester but willing to discuss.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM/Live.

Fees: £80 for 2022 talks and travel is at 45p per mile.
The Blackberry Garden: from first thoughts to present day
The Golden Rules of Writing a Garden Blog
Contact: 07894982142

Maureen Little

Author, lecturer, designer, local radio contributor
Home town: Clitheroe, Lancashire
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable, but mainly North West England

Fees: Negotiable, plus 40p per mile and accommodation if necessary
Keep Your Garden Buzzing (bee-friendly gardening)
Designing a Bee-friendly Border
The Best Bee-friendly Perennials
To Scarborough Fair – And Beyond! (Culinary herbs)

Ellen Mary

Writer, author, radio broadcaster, TV broadcaster, radio presenter, TV presenter
Home town: Norwich, Norfolk
Distance willing to travel: Anywhere in UK.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM, Skype, Teams

Fees: TBA
Plants & Nature for Wellbeing
The Magical World of Nature & Plants
Plants for Women's Wellbeing
Growing your own for a Plant Based Diet


Dr Ron McParlin

Writer, author, photographer, garden advisor, consultant, landscape & garden designer, sculptor.
Home town: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Distance willing to travel: North of England, Southern Scotland.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: Negotiable + travel expenses 55p/mile.
Organic Gardening
Grow your own vegetables
Fruit growing
Border Perennials
Year round colour in the garden
Soil management, care & composting.
More topics available upon request

Jane Moore

Award winning head gardener, author, and broadcaster. Her talks encompass her broad gardening interests, focussing on wildlife, structure and simple ways to make your garden sing.
Home town:
Bath, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: Up to 70 miles

Virtual Talks available

Fees: £195 to £295 depending on distance and size of group. Travel charged at 45p per mile
Planting for Butterflies
Painting with Plants
Structure & Sparkle in the Garden
The Winter Garden
Late Summer Colour
The Ornamental Vegetable Garden
Contact: Tel No 01225 447 424, Mobile 07775 801 931, Email

Sally Morgan

Author, blogger and photographer
Home town: Wincanton, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: within 100 miles, greater distances by negotiation.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: from £75 plus travel expenses. £75 for a zoom talk.
The Climate Change Garden.
Living on one acre or less (towards self sufficiency )
The Healthy Garden
Organic Gardening

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

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: Negotiable
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

Sally Nex

Writer, journalist, lecturer
Home town:
Taunton, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: Any distance
Fees: £95 plus travel expenses at 40p per mile
How to Garden the Low Carbon Way (sustainable gardening)
Fruit for Small Gardens
Gardening without Plastic
A World under our Feet (soil science for gardeners)
Heritage Vegetables
A Rogue’s Gallery for Gardeners
Growing veg in small spaces
Year-round veg growing
...or suggest a topic!

Lewis Normand

Writer, Editor, Lecturer, Design
Home town: Perth and Kinross
Distance willing to travel:Nationwide

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM, in person when covid safe.

Fees:Starting at £150 for an hour, with travel expenses and accommodation where necessary. Portion of fee donated to charity - either Plant Heritage, Perennial or The Caley.
Hebe the Heroine of our Gardens.
Galanthus for the new collector.
We forgot about Shrubs!
Early Season Perennial Plants.
New Plants for the Connoisseur Gardener.
Happy to create bespoke talks on plants/plant types/gardens/design.

Andrew Oldham

Garden writer for Kitchen Garden magazine and diarist for Country Smallholding. Lifestyle blogger and eco-journalist. Andrew is a disabled gardener and advocate.
Home town: Saddleworth, Greater Manchester
Distance willing to travel: Up to 30 miles.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM and Microsoft Teams.

Fees: Please contact for fees. All fees negotiable.
Growing Vegetables in Any Space
Gardening With A Disability (Or When You're Getting Older!)
Creating and Planting A Cottage Garden
Creating A Herb Garden
Creating A Cutting Garden
Andrew also talks on garden history including the cottage garden, herb garden and Dig for Victory.
Andrew also provides practical demonstrations.

Annabelle Padwick

Writer, Lecturer, Author, Radio broadcaster, Radio presenter
Home town: Berkshire
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable (travel costs to be covered)

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: Negotiable, plus travel expenses.
Let’s Reconnect! (Talk) This talk shares how and why getting back to nature is crucial for all of us, whether it is simply going for a walk, sitting among the trees or getting your hands stuck in the soil.
Growing for Wellbeing (Talk) The most open, honest and relatable story everyone needs to hear. The Growing for Wellbeing talk is the original, sharing my personal story of mental health struggles from childhood to recent years. The journey is a bit of a ride, but one with plenty of laughter, veg growing tips and a HAPPY ENDING!
Natural Beauty and Wellbeing (Workshop or Talk ) - Adults - This workshop has been designed to teach adults about the medicinal properties of my favourite plants that you will see in your garden and nearby woodland. Whether foraging whilst exploring the great outdoors or growing a few fantastic herbs in containers; you can have access to powerful plants. I will discuss the plants, then share how the attendees can incorporate them into homemade beauty products, suitable for everyone
Learn, Design and Grow (Workshop or Talk ) – Suitable for groups age 5 – 14 years old - This workshop has been designed to give those taking part a sense of belonging, an opportunity to learn responsibility and enable their confidence to grow. All whilst having fun, learning how to grow produce and taking home their own creation to nurture and enjoy.
I also do consultancy talks regarding how others can set up horticultural therapy sites within their community.

Adam Pasco

Gardening journalist, editor, photographer, presenter, broadcaster and horticultural consultant
Home Town:

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

My illustrated gardening talks are developed specially for Zoom on PowerPoint with beautiful photographs and videos, many taken in my own garden. Talks usually run for around an hour, but can be longer/shorter if necessary, and include topical gardening tips for the weeks ahead.

My most popular talks include:
Easy Ways to Better Gardening
Grow The Best Glorious Plants
Create A Garden For Every Season
Gardening The Natural Way
The Golden Rules of Gardening
Spring Into Action & Get Set For Summer
The Flower Bulb Calendar – Colour Through The Year

Full descriptions of my talks are available on request.

Distance willing to travel: Any distance considered
Fees: From £125 (plus £14 to host using Zoom Pro if required). 

Amanda Patton

Garden designer, illustrator, writer and photographer
Home town: Pulborough, West Sussex
Distance willing to travel: Any distance

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: Negotiable
Designing with water
Plant partners, designing with plants
Colour in the garden
Garden design

Jane Perrone

Host of houseplant podcast On The Ledge, garden writer
Home town: Bedfordshire
Distance willing to travel: Home counties

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM, Skype & Microsoft Teams

Fees: Negotiable
Edible Ornamentals
Small Space Edibles
Foraging in the Garden

Camilla Phelps

I have worked professionally as a gardener and in the gardening media for 20 years and am currently running horticultural therapy sessions for a local mental health charity as well as bespoke garden coaching sessions, plus contributing regularly to gardening magazines.
Home town: London
Distance willing to travel: around London and the M25 area

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: £85-150 depending on travel distance but equally happy to negotiate a fee for a zoom webinar or Q&A style chat.
gardening in in small spaces
gardening with wellbeing in mind
container gardening
Contact: 07956 113562

Ann-Marie Powell

Writer, Lecturer, Author, TV broadcaster, Radio broadcaster, Radio presenter, TV presenter, Design
Home town: Petersfield
Distance willing to travel: any at 45p per mile

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: Negotiable
Jaunt through the life and times of a garden designer
Plans for Small Gardens
The Road to Chelsea
Garden Trends and Inspirations
A passion for plants
In an English country garden

Harriet Rycroft

Professional gardener, author. Specialising in container planting (I was the Head Gardener at Whichford Pottery for many years). My talks are illustrated by my own photographs and often involve practical demonstrations, depending on topic and season.
Home town: North Cotswolds
Distance willing to travel: Any distance

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

Fees: Negotiable
Planting Pots for Winter Interest and Spring Joy - creating potted displays which last from autumn until late May using bulbs, perennials, shrubs and bedding plants.
Pots for Hot Spots and Shady Characters - ideas for those tricky areas.
Potty Time - tips and ideas for keeping your pots looking good all year round, with seasonal tasks and inspiration.
A Warm Welcome - inspiration for potted displays to make front gardens and doorways more friendly.
Gardening in a Beautiful Zoo - no demonstration but lots of lovely photos from 6 years I spent working with the Gardens Team at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and writing a book about the extraordinary gardens there.

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

Barbara Segall FLS CHort FCIHort

Garden writer, editor, author, lecturer
Home town:
Sudbury, Suffolk
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable but mainly East Anglia and Home Counties, including London.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: £110-£150 plus 45p per mile (depending on current fuel prices) & accommodation if necessary. Zoom talks from £95
My Top Ten (or more) Herbs
Secret Gardens of East Anglia
Desert Island Gardens
Garden Chasing in Japan
Garden Visiting: why do we do it?
Writing a Garden Book

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

Carol Smith

Garden Designer, writer, lecturer/speaker.
Based in: Worcester
Distance willing to travel: Up to 30 miles.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM and Microsoft Teams.

Fees: £150.00 + 45p per mile.
Talk Topics: I have been in the horticulture industry for 22years, am a passionate gardener & enjoy nothing more than talking about plants & gardens. My work has included working on many commissions, show garden design for Chelsea & Malvern Spring Garden show, lecturing at Pershore College & delivering talks/presentations to many garden groups. Writing – published author of two books & several articles.
Planting Topics
GDesigning Gardens with Plant Shapes – based on Carols’ recently published book.
Grasses in the Garden – about Grasses & their uses in differing garden situations.
‘Right Plant, Right Place’.
‘Green & Shady’ planting for a shady border.
‘A Low Maintenance Garden’ or ‘The Easy to Manage Garden.’
‘The Architectural Garden – Using Evergreens & Conifers.’
‘How to use Colour Combinations & Colour schemes in the Garden.’
‘Achieving Seasonal Interest in the Garden.’
Design Topics
All aspects of Designing a garden from scratch, Planting Design Theory, the Planting Design Process & Hard Landscaping design.
Interest & Intreague show gardens
Chelsea ‘The Spiral Garden’ from Concept to Completion’ – Chelsea 2005
The Story of the ‘Tree of Life’ Garden – Malvern 2009 a project with St. Richards Hospice.
The BBC & Noahs’ Ark appeal – ‘Love Lives on Garden’

Kim Stoddart

National journalist, author, broadcaster, trainer and green rocketeer. Garden Organic representative for Wales.
Home town: Llandysul, Ceredigion
Distance willing to travel: Any distance considered
Fees:Webinars £200 for an hour including a discount off my Climate Change Garden Book for groups, plus free video footage included In person - please ask
How to become a climate change savvy gardener of the future
Polytunnel growing all year round / over winter / how to get started
Growing for resilience (including perennials, seed saving and more besides)
Reducing plastics in the garden / organic gardening
Working with wildlife for the benefit of all on the veg patch (people, plate and planet)
Polyculture/mixed planting for the ultimate biodiverse garden
Therapeutic gardening - how to use your outside space for greater wellbeing (including planting and activity ideas)
Contact: 07796 677178

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

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM.

Fees: Please enquire plus travel and overnight accommodation if a long way
An Introduction to Cacti and Succulents (talk with plants)
An Introduction to Cacti and Succulents (digital presentation)
Travels to See the Cacti of Chile (digital presentation)
Life of a Plant and Garden Photographer (digital presentation)
How to Take Better Plant and Garden Photographs (digital presentation)
Plant Photography Workshop (digital presentation)

Joe Wainwright

Garden photographer
Home town: Mold, North East Wales
Distance willing to travel:Negotiable

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

How to Take Better Garden Photographs – tips for beginners using any camera
My approach to Garden Photography – techniques for more advanced photographers using DSLRs

The Gardens of the North West, Midlands and Wales – an illustrated tour of some of these regions’ most beautiful and inspiring gardens
Contact: Joe Wainwright

Mandy Watson

Writer, journalist, editor, blogger
Home town: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Distance willing to travel: Evenings - 50-mile radius of Gateshead without accommodation + expenses. Will also consider any distance, accommodation/expenses by negotiation. As I have mobility problems, my partner drives me to events not readily accessible by train or near stations.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM considered on request.

Fees: £100 evenings/£200 half days or by negotiation.
I prefer to tailor my talks to each group, so I am quite happy to discuss what members want and I am prepared to look foolish in Q&A sessions!
Gardening for the less able, having a form of joint hypermobility syndrome and epilepsy.
I openly talk about my experiences with anxiety and depression and how gardening has helped me over the decades.
Gardening for those with not much money.
Container gardening (especially in traditional back yards).
Coping with the climate and soils of NE England.

Tamsin Westhorpe

Host of Candide podcasts, previous editor of The English Garden magazine, garden writer, RHS Judge, experienced speaker at home and abroad and director of Stockton Bury Gardens
Home town: Herefordshire
Distance willing to travel: Negotiable

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: Available on request
Life as a garden writer
Reinvent your garden
Plus a range of seasonal gardening talks

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)

Marianne Willburn

Author, Speaker, Photographer. Columnist for the American Horticultural Society and European Garden Tour Guide with CarexTours. Books: Tropical Plants and How to Love Them (2021), Big Dreams, Small Garden (2017)
Based in: Virginia, United States – dual American/British national
Distance willing to travel: Any distance by arrangement

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM, Skype, Teams.

Fees: Negotiable
Gardening & Designing with Tropical Plants
Tropical Accents for Inspiring Containers
Big Dreams, Small Garden: Creating Extraordinary in an Ordinary Space
Keep Calm and Garden On: Gardening in the Midst of Climate Change
The Recycled Garden
Garden Maintenance for Real Life
Custom talks by arrangement


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.

Abigail Willis

Garden writer, author, and speaker. Author of ‘The London Garden Book A-Z’, ‘The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward & Other Amazing Garden Innovations’ and ‘Secret Gardens of Somerset’
Based in: Castle Cary, Somerset
Distance willing to travel: 75 miles (further by negotiation and with possibility of overnight accommodation)

Virtual Talks availble by ZOOM

Fees: £150 + travel expenses (Zoom fee by negotiation)
Somerset: A county of glorious gardens (40/45mins)
Somerset Gardens and the Genius of the Place (1 hr)
The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward & Other Amazing Gardening Innovations (45mins)

Liz Wright

Writer, author, editor
Home town: March, Cambridgeshire
Distance willing to travel: 50 miles from March, Cambrdigeshire but will consider further by arrangement and even overnight stays.

Virtual Talks available by ZOOM

Fees: £50 for small groups (under 20) and by negotition after that plus mileage
Smallholding through the ages
The Market Garden past and present
The history of gardening in The Smallholder
City smallholding - from window box to small garden
Keeping poultry in the garden
Is the good life really that good?
Contact:01354 741538

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