I offer talks and workshops on the following subjects, which can be customised to suit different audiences and locations.
Virtual Talks: I will be offering a range of virtual talks later in the year, which will include a slide show.
I am an experienced and qualified speaker and teacher. I have been growing edible plants for over 35 years. An amateur grower since my teens, I have worked as a professional no dig kitchen gardener for 11 years, including setting up gardens on private estates and for restaurants (see my Bio for more information). In 2019 speaking engagements include BBC Gardeners’ World Live, Toby’s Garden Festival, RHS Wisley, RHS Malvern, the Landscape Show London (with Huw Richards) the Permaculture Convergence Oxford and South Downs Green Fair, as well as garden clubs, WIs and other organisations across the country. In 2020 almost all of my talks were cancelled due to Covid.
The talks are fully illustrated with slides and I often bring interesting props to handle and smell.
Contact me for further details and to discuss your requirements. Prices vary according to location and length of talk/workshop. I am in Bruton, Somerset.
I co-run day and weekend courses at Homeacres with Charles Dowding, where I make a huge seasonal plant based lunch using ingredients Charles and I have grown in our respective gardens.
Talk Topics – I am happy to create a bespoke talk for your group too
No Dig Gardening
How to set up a no dig garden in home garden, allotments and smaller market gardens, looking at different methods and techniques. The talk explores best mulches, keeping the plot weed free, sowing methods, composting, plant foods, harvesting and more.
Small Scale Homesteading – wherever you live
How to set up a micro-homestead, all plant based. Gardening methods and ideas for what to do with your abundant harvests including natural products for the home, kitchen, body and garden – almost closed loop, plastic free and fun. The talk doesn’t assume acres of land (I don’t have that!)
My Gardening Experiences – the magic courgette seed!
This talk explores the journey gardening has taken me on, from my first sowings of edible crops in my teens to a growing passion which unexpectedly led to a complete career change.
Growing and Using Edible Flowers
How to grow edible flowers, indoors and outside, year round including my favourite edible flowers to grow, with recipes and other ideas for using them.
Grow Your Own Bar Garden
How to grow and forage for fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs for your own alcoholic and non alcoholic infusions, wines and some more unusual recipes. This is a very popular talk, I wonder why?!! I bring samples of my own brews to smell but unfortunately can not offer tastes.
Grow and make your own garden potions
How to make different natural, eco-friendly and thrifty gardening potions to feed the soil, soil life, plants and keep bugs away from your cherished crops.
Make your own natural eco-friendly cleaning potions
Using plants you can grow and forage for, along with natural store cupboard ingredients, learn how to make your own fresh, amazing smelling and powerful cleaning products for home and garden. Save money, reduce plastic, help the environment!
Make your own natural body products
Learn how to make healthy, eco-friendly and natural potions for your body using plants you can grow and forage for. They look and smell gorgeous!
Coming up: The Creative Kitchen – seasonal plant based recipes for everyone
I am planning practical workshops and talks based on the recipes I write and the food I create with my homegrown edibles.