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 James [ web@thecgs.org.uk ]

Adam Alexander
3 Croes Bleddyn Cottages, Itton, Chepstow, NP16 6BN.

Tel: 01291 629 079 or 07860 646 613, 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 777 014.    email 

   Talks include: Private Gardens for Public Enjoyment and Foundation of the NGS, with slides of Worcestershire gardens open for the NGS.  

Bryn Bowles

35 Benedict Street,  Glastonbury,  Somerset,  BA6 9NB

Tel :  01458 834 007   email

Currently having two talks : Help the BeesGoing for Gold.

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 822 064.
Award-winning garden writer.
Speaker at our 2004 AGM.
Email: info@kathybrownwsgarden

Ursula Buchan
Church Cottage, Main Street, Glapthorn, PE8 5BE.

Tel: 01832 272 594
Email: ubuchan@talk21.com
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.

Sue Clarke
National Collection Holder of Geranium renardii and sylvaticums.
(flowering in May/June).
Lives in Nantwich, Cheshire Gives Talks to groups in most areas, distance allowing.

Contact:  wrenburysue@gmail.com


Tel: 01270 780 704 / Mob: 07855 398 805

Stuart Dixon
Hebb's Farmhouse, 22 Stoke Bardolph, Nottingham, NG14 5HS.
Tel: 01159 870 168.
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: 07849 915 668
See his website for more details www.englishgardeneclectic.com

Natalie Finch
Rosemary, Rectory Hill, East Bergholt, Nr Colchester, Essex CO7 6TH.
Tel: 01206 298 241.

Maureen Flett
Gardening For Health, 5 High Buildings, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA4 8RP.
Tel: 01228 586 236
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 676 966.
Nursery-owner & CGS member. 
Speaker at our 2005 AGM.

Dr Richard Gulliver

46, Woodlands Avenue, Hanwood, Shrewsbury.

Tel: 01743 861 117

Email richardlgulliver@gmail.com - please copy in mavisgulliver@googlemail.com

Two most popular talks: 

  • An Introduction to Garden Wildlife
  • The Botanist Islay Dry Gin - its botanicals and their garden allies & our part in a global success story


If you would like a P.D.F. version of talks leaflet, please contact me.


Lucy Hartley

Living in Warwickshire.
Full details at link below.

Also available on Zoom for Talks.

Web: www.lucyhartleygardens.co.uk

My talks are:  

‘Designing a Border from Scratch I’
Designing a Border from Scratch II’
‘Designing a Border from Scratch III’


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.

Gordon Malt
Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8RR.
Tel: 01952 411 408. email  
Talks on Climbing & Wall Plants, Silver Foliage Plants, Salvias & Ornamental Grasses, Herbaceous Plants, and Bulbs I Grow and Love. Garden open for groups by arrangement. 

Janette Merilion
69 Victoria St, Billinghay, Lincoln LN4 4HQ.
Tel: 01526 860270,
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.
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.

Stephen Powles

email:  s.w.powles@btinternet.com       Phone:   01884 242 965

Stephen Powles, is a passionate and award winning wildlife photographer who often takes on the most challenging of subjects.    He lives in Devon and has a particular interest in otters, tawny owls, hedgehogs and hornets and made three TV appearances.

A Selection of Talks available
( "Live" or online with optional hosting )

Otters – Coming to a River Near You   :   Hammer Scar – Five Years Together
Tawny Owls – Coming to a Wood Near You     Hornets – Gentle Giants
Wildlife Photography - In Pursuit of the Improbable 
Wildlife Photography - In Pursuit of the Improbable 2
Hedgehogs – In Need of Your Help   :   Wildlife Photography – Tips and Experiences

For more information on a full list of talks, please contact Stephen.

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

Andrew Sankey

26 Mulberry Close,
CB4  2AS.

Tel: 07709 909 849 

email: andrewsankey747@btinternet.com

25 different talks relating to Cottage Gardens,
Plant Hunters, Garden History topics etc.

Please email for full list.

Maureen Sawyer
12 Sandy Lane,
Stretford, M32 9DA

Tel: 0161 283 9425    email: moe@southlands12.com

Artist, garden designer and award winning gardener.   Opens her garden ‘Southlands’ for the National Gardens Scheme.    With a range of  illustrated presentations related to horticultural planting, design and management.

More at: www.southlands12.com

Zsuzsanna Serer
Based near Newport in Essex.

Tel: 07875 035 181   email: sererzs@live.co.uk

   Zsuzsanna gives talks on herbs, her topics include thier culinary use as well as how to preserve and propogate them. She also talks on Hungarian traditional gardening and herb uses and does demonstrations of making Christmas decorations.
She gives talks with a 50 mile radius of Newport. Her fee is £90 and that includes travel within 30 miles, over that 40 per mile is charged extra.


James Smallwood

Location: Lincolnshire

Contact: 01923 255 595 or (email)  jamesandnicky@btinternet.com

   James has worked with multiple gold medal winning exhibitor Bill Lockyer at RHS Chelsea and other shows and at his nursery.    He talks about his passion ‘Growing auriculas for pleasure’ which is illustrated with demonstrations and beautiful photographs.    The talk includes information on history, botany and growing tips. 


Tim Smith
28 Lowton Rd, Lytham St Annes, Lancs. FY8 3JG.

Tel: 01253 721 579

Illustrated talk: Plants and ideas for your garden.

Carrie Thomas
Touchwood, 4 Clyne Cottages, Killay, Swansea, SA2 7DU.

Tel:  01792 522 443  email: carrie.thomas@ntlworld.com

   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 707 470   &    07770 780 825.
email: david@davidtoyne.co.uk

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 656 681

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

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

Michael D. Myers is a lecturer at Craven College, Harrogate and has a list of 33 illustrated talks prices at £70-140 depending on travelling distance. Talks cover a wide range of topics from specific plants groups, e.g. hepaticas & snowdrops, to different garden types including winter gardens, and to plants and gardens in different parts of the world.
Fairview, Smelthouses, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DH.
Tel: 01423 780291,
Mobile: 07801 232024,

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.

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

Christopher Honeyman from Chelmsford gives a talk entitled "The Adventures of Beekeeping." He has kept bees since 1971 and has many tales to tell.
Tel: 01245 322 623    Mo: 07942 253 882   for information. 

Talk 1 : "The Adventures of Beekeeping.  He has kept bees from 1971 and has many tales to tell."
Talk 2 : "Helpful Advice on how to Start Bee-keeping - the Pros and Cons". 

Andrew Mikolajski,
20 West Street, Long Buckby, Northants NN6 7QE.  
Tel: 01327 843 419. 
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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