Gardening talks and lectures on plants
I used to be extremely shy but then things changed and my first talk about plants took place at the Saxifrage Society's AGM a few years ago. It was a short presentation on several Saxifraga species that one can find in the Fagaras Mountains of Romania. As the talk went fairly well and everyone in the audience was extremely encouraging, when the next invitation to give a talk arrived I did not hesitate any more. I suppose the saying 'conquer your fears or they will conquer you' is very true. I now enjoy speaking in front of an audience and interacting with the public. As English is not my first language, it is very rewarding to have people come up to me after a talk and thank me for it.
So here is a list of some of the talks that I currently give to various garden clubs and horticultural societies throughout the country:
Plants and Castles of Transylvania - A talk that explores this land that is best known for Dracula and his castles, but also boasts amazingly diverse wild plants in woodlands, meadows and high mountains.
Romanian mountain plants - This talk focuses on the plants that live on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. From the North to the South, through woodlands, gorges and up on the high peaks.
Fifty shades of green - Versatile foliage plants and the diversity of leaves - A lecture that starts by exploring leaves in their diversity of shapes, sizes, colours and textures and then gives examples of how foliage plants can be used to great effect in the garden, including the display I designed at the 2015 RHS Tatton Flower Show for the HPS.
Autumn bulbs in the Peloponnese and the last of the summer flowers - In 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit the Peloponesse on a Alpine Garden Society tour to Greece. This is a hot-spot of biodiversity when it comes to autumn flowering bulbs like Crocus, Colchicum, Cyclamen, Sternbergia, Narcissus, Scilla, etc. Apart from over 40 species of bulbs there will also be pictures of other plants flowering in late October among beautiful scenery and archaeological sites.
Plant hunting in Madeira and the Azores - These two Portuguese archipelagoes in the Atlantic share a similar flora but also have a high number of endemic species. Enjoy pictures of stunning scenery, traditional architecture and of course, amazing plants.
Mix and Match. Amazing plants and places from a decade of travels - This talk is in constant evolution showcasing some of the plants I fell in love with while visiting the UK, Spain, France, Greece, Germany, the islands of the Atlantic, Portugal and Romania.
Some years ago I spent three months in the south of Spain. Andalusian spring is a talk about the landscapes and plants one can see there. Keywords: Andalusia, Alhambra, Almonds.
A winter quiz - I can prepare and be the Master of a plant/gardening related quiz. It includes picture questions, gardening knowledge, cryptic questions and gardening dingbats.
Here are some reactions after my talks
|Jim Almond - Alpine Garden Society Shropshire|
|Patricia Bosson - Wales|
|Lizzie Beare - Montgomeryshire Field Society|