Talks & workshops

Calendar of Forthcoming Events

Booking me for an event

I offer talks and workshops on the following subjects, which can be customised to suit different audiences and locations. I live now near Lampeter in West Wales.

See also my Events Page for details about my talks, workshops and show gardens in 2021.

 

Zoom Talks: I offer a range of virtual talks, which include a slide show and time for Q&A

 Please contact me for pricing & details.

I am an experienced and qualified speaker, teacher and author, and a leading authority in no dig gardening. 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 13 years, much of that time with Charles Dowding. My work includes setting up and managing gardens on private estates and for restaurants (see my Bio for more information). I have published two books including the award winning No Dig Organic Home and Garden, and am currently writing two more. A regular feature writer for Kitchen Garden magazine, I also write freelance for many other publications including The Organic Way and Grow Your Own magazine.

In 2019 speaking engagements included 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 based in Lampeter, Wales.

 

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!)

Creating an RHS Show Garden

A behind the scenes look at designing, building and working on the RHS No Dig Allotment Feature Garden at Hampton Court 2021

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 and plants. The talk also explores eco-friendly ways of keep bugs away from your cherished crops (not sprays!)

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.

 

 

 

 

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