We are available to give talks, travelling to Garden clubs and other societies throughout the country. Please contact us with your requirements . The talks are illustrated with high quality digital images and we provide our own projector and screen. If required, we would bring a range of plants for sale at the event. 

Topics include:

A Brief History of English Gardens - A look at the development of gardens from the Medieval period to the present day. This informative talk includes the Gardens of the Tudors and Stuart; the English Landscape Movement; the eclectic styles of the Victorian era; The Arts and Craft Movement and contemporary gardens of the 20th & 21st centuries. 

A History of English Wine (with optional tasting, subject to license) - In addition to running Mynd Hardy Plants, we run an award-winning English vineyard; Morville St Gregory. The vineyard was established in 2001.  This talk examines the development of the English Wine industry; how to establish a vineyard and the pleasure and challenges in running the vineyard and producing the wine.

A  Passion for Penstemon - This talk examines the history of the species and cultivars and their European hybrids. It considers how to propogate and cultivate Penstemon and their imaginative use within the garden. 

Bulbous perennials - Bulbs are very much associated with Spring but this talk highlights the wide range of bulbs available throughout the seasons and considers tips for the successful growing of bulbs and imaginative planting schemes.

Hardy geraniums - A wide ranging talk looking at the range of species and hybrids available; their cultivation and use within the garden, and tips on propagation.

Hemerocallis within the Garden - This talk examines the history of this North American species and highlights how to use some of the vast range of dayllilies to enhance your garden.

Houses and Gardens of E.L. Lutyens -  Best known for his work in collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll.  Lutyens was also responsible for a wide range of iconic buildings and memorials as one of the leading architects of his time.

Houses and Gardens of The National Trust - This talk looks at the history and development of the National Trust; the wide range of gardens and houses in its custodianship including some of the tenanted properties which are rarely open to the public.

Late Summer-Flowering Perennials - This highlights the wonderful range of perennials and grasses which can be used to extend the flowering season.

The Cut Flower Garden - The history and use of cut flowers and how to develop a cut flower garden to provide you with foliage and flowers throughout the year.

The English Landscape Movement -  In terms of landscape and garden design, the 18th century was dominated by four designers: Charles Bridgman, William Kent, Humphrey Repton and Capability Brown. This talk examines the factors that led to the Landscape Movement; the influence of the different designers and a look at some of their most famous works.

The Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement - This talk examines the Arts and Crafts Movement and its values of beauty, simplicity and craftsmanship during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The period is best known for its architecture, furniture and gardens, with an emphasis  on the architectural works of Voysey, Scott and Lutyens, the artists Strachan, Allingham and Stannard and the garden designs of Jeykll, with examples of their works from around the country.

The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll - Responsible for designing over 400 gardens, Gertrude Jekyll was one of the most influential horticulturists of her time. This talk examines her life and times at her home Munstead Wood, her professional relationship with the architect E. L. Lutyens, and her influence on garden design.

The Gardens of the Italian Lakes - A different talk looking at garden design around Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda in northern Italy.

The History of Walled Gardens -This popular and entertaining talk traces the development of walled gardens from their origins in Persia through to the current day.  

The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden - This talk examines the location and design of walled kitchen gardens; the buildings and glasshouses associated with them; the crops and produce grown within them and the role of the gardeners who were employed to manage them.

The Victorian Garden - The 19th century saw an appreciation of a more natural garden, as seen in the influential work of William Robinson, but it saw an advancement in horticultural techniques, equipment and the discovery of a wide range of new plants. This era was the golden age of gardening. 

Tips for Garden Design - This talk focuses on the refreshing and rejuvenation of established gardens. It covers a range of practical ideas for you to consider whether you want a complete makeover;  adopt a more contemporary colour or planting scheme;  change to a low maintenance garden or reconsider a problem area.   

Five centuries of Women and Gardens - Names such as Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West are familiar to most gardeners but there are so many more. This engaging talk celebrates the extensive achievements women have made to the gardens and gardening styles we enjoy today. 

In 2019 we will be launching a further range of talks which include:

Hardy Geraniums

A History of Kew Gardens

The Travels of Celia Fiennes

The Life and works of Marianne North

Humphrey Repton

Capability Brown

For further details, including costs and availability, please email Richard or Jill at

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