Speakers

The Society is not responsible for the quality or content of any of the talks given by the speakers listed here. 

CGS members giving talks

This is a list of CGS members who are available to give talks. Please contact the individual member with regards to costs etc.   CGS members who wish to be added to this list should contact Caroline Harcourt 

Adam Alexander
3 Croes Bleddyn Cottages, Itton, Chepstow NP16 6BN
Tel: 01291 629079 or 07860 646613, email Talks about his vegetable hunting trips to exotic destinations.  See his website for more information.

Judy Berrow
Tythe Barn House, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire. DY10 4QB.
Tel: 01562 777014. email  Talks include: Private Gardens for Public Enjoyment and Foundation of the NGS, with slides of Worcestershire gardens open for the NGS.  

Janet and Martin Blow
Special Perennials, Yew Tree House, Hall Lane, Hankelow, Cheshire CW3 0JB
Tel: 0845 327 0343/0771 699 0695; email, Nursery owners. For information on talks given, visit  their website.

Bob Brown
Cotswold Garden Flowers, Old Barn, Station Rd, Fladbury, Worcestershire WR10 2QW.
Nurseryman with an interesting range of plants. Speaker at our 2010 AGM.

Kathy Brown
The Manor House, Church Rd, Stevington, Beds. Tel: 01234 822064.
Award-winning garden writer.   Speaker at our 2004 AGM. Website: www.kathybrownsgarden.com  Email: info@kathybrownwsgarden

Ursula Buchan
Church Cottage, Main Street, Glapthorn PE8 5BE. Tel: 01832 272594. Email: ubuchan@talk21.com. Website: www.ursula-buchan.co.uk. Ursula is an award-winning gardening writer who gives talks on gardening, gardens and garden history. She was the speaker at the CGS AGM in 2011.

Stuart Dixon
Hebb's Farmhouse, 22 Stoke Bardolph, Nottingham NG14 5HS. Tel: 0115 9870168.
Horticultural lecturer (retired) with restored 18th C. garden, wide range of talks. Speaker at our 2009 AGM

Robert Edwards
39 Lion Road, Twickenham TW1 4JF Email: rp.edwards@yahoo.co.uk  Tel: 078 499 15668.  See his website for more details www.englishgardeneclectic.com

Natalie Finch
Rosemary, Rectory Hill, East Bergholt, Nr Colchester, Essex CO7 6TH. Tel: 01206 298241.

Maureen Flett, 
Gardening For Health, 5 High Buildings, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA4 8RP. Tel: 01228 586236 email  Talks on all aspects of gardening for health, health benefits of gardening and gardening with disability.

Sally Gregson
Mill Cottage Plants, The Mill, Lane, Wookey, Somerset BA5 1AP. Tel: 01749 676966.
Nursery-owner & CGS member. Speaker at our 2005 AGM.

Kim and Rob Hurst
The Cottage Herbery
, Field Farm, Knighton-on-Teme, Nr Tenbury Wells, Worcs WR15 8LT
The Hursts grow organic, peat free herbs.  A list of talks given is available on their website

Jacqueline Iddon
Hazelton, North Road, Bretherton, Lancashire PR26 9AY.  For talks, trips round her garden, teas and much more.  See her website for further information.

Janette Merilion
69 Victoria St, Billinghay, Lincoln LN4 4HQ. Tel: 01526 860270, website.
Qualified professional garden designer, writer, historian & part-time lecturer.

Ingrid Millington
Hillview Hardy Plants, Worfield, Nr Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5NT. Tel: 01746 716454. email.
Runs a nursery of herbaceous plants. Talks include: Herbaceous perennials for the whole year;  Primulas and auriculas;  Propagation of herbaceous plants.

Dianne Nichol-Brown
28 Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Station, County Durham TS29 6HF.
Holds largest National Collection of polemoniums in the UK.

Helene Pizzi
Viale a Magno 174, Casal Palocco, 00124 Roma, Italy. email  International rose judge, an American living in Rome. She has a range of illustrated lectures on cottage gardens, Italian gardens, Ninfa, La Landriana and others.

Kevin Pratt
Alcombe, 7 Bosden Fold Rd, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NR. Tel: 0161 456 9009. email, website.  Holds two National collections, Fritillaria and Eucomis; can speak on wide variety of unusual but obtainable plants. 2003 AGM speaker.

Andrew Sankey
2 School House, Stixwould, Nr Woodhall Spa, Lincs. LN10 5HP. Tel:01526 352453

Tim Smith
28 Lowton Rd, Lytham St Annes, Lancs. FY8 3JG. Tel:01253 721579.
Illustrated talk: Plants and ideas for your garden.

Jenny Steel
2 Webbs Barn Cottage, Witney Rd, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxon. OX13 5AN. Tel: 01805 821660. Fax: 01805 820935. Plant ecologist, holds study days, & lectures on wildlife gardening & associated topics.

Carrie Thomas
Touchwood, 4 Clyne Cottages, Killay, Swansea SA2 7DU. Tel:01792 522443.email.
Over 20 topics, including: cottage gardening, attracting wildlife; growing from seed; unusual plants; aquilegias; the National Botanic Garden of Wales; gardens through the year, botany and Latin names. See her website  for more information

David Toyne
46 Mwrog Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1LF. Tel: 01824 707470, Mobile: 0777 0780825. email.
RHS Master of Horticulture, Horticultural Consultant and Lecturer. Basic lecture £60, will travel. List of talks available on request.

Chris & Judy Yates
44 Church Lane, Bicknoller, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4EL. Tel: 01984 656681.

Other speakers or sources for speakers

The Speakers List - you can search by subject or area; this website lists speakers on many different subjects

The Garden Media Guild speakers' list

RHS Register of Speakers

Hardy Plant Society - will provide a hard copy of speakers' list

Elizabeth Gowing - talks on honey, tastes from different flowers, information about bees, honey production and bee-friendly gardening.  Has written books on honey including The Little Book of Honey Travels widely to give the talks. Email elizabethgowing@hotmail.com for more information.

Paul Green of Green's Leaves Nursery - gives hands-on talks, with plants not pictures.  2013 prices - £50, plus travel.  See his website for contact details.

Richard Ford of Park Green Nursery

Carol Madden lives in Flint and gives talks to groups within an hour's drive - Ring 01352 762 944 or email cmadden24@btinternet.com for further information.

Chris Mead from Chelmsford gives a talk entitled The Adventures of Beekeeping. He has kept bees since 1971 and has many tales to tell. Email buzztalks@hotmail.co.uk or ring 01245 322623 for information. 

Andrew Mikolajski, 20 West Street, Long Uckby, Northants NN6 7QE.  Tel: 01327843419. Author of over thirty gardening books and teaches garden design at Warwickshire College.  See his website for information on his talks. 

Kate Williams - for something a little different - she's a published, experienced performance poet providing light humourous poetry and music shows for gardening clubs (and others). See her website for details.

 

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