Talks

                                           Covid Prevention 2020/21 
If you would like to arrange a Talk - at - a - distance to your club members in their homes, please contact me to discuss and arrange.
Each of the Talks listed below is about an hour in duration and any of them can be delivered over Zoom or other online meeting tool.
           
Talks cost £95 plus travel. No travel expense is added for Talks delivered remotely. 
My current car runs on diesel. It is nice to meet a group in person, but in an effort to limit its use, I am restricting in-person talks to a car drive of up to 40mins only. Over this, if your venue is not within an easy walk of a train station, the Talk will need to be delivered remotely.  In time, I hope to have an electric car running on renewable energy.                     
Principles and Pitfalls of New Border Design
or Designing a Border from Scratch Part I

This Talk is the first of a series of three. Each Talk has a different focus and is packed with enough information to stand on its own.

Part I is less 'Right Plant, Right Place' and more Design and Planning advice; i.e. what you need to think about before making specific plant choices. It is a short course in the art of how to plan for a beautiful mixed border with some tips and some warnings of common pitfalls to look out for along the way.

"Lucy’s talk was both inspirational and thought-provoking but above all practical on all levels as it covered many aspects of the process of designing a border from scratch. There was plenty of wisdom drawn upon and conveyed through the slides and conversation together with an excellent working knowledge of plants. Highly recommended."   Chris Day, Buckingham Nurseries Garden Club

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In Search of a Low Maintenance Border
or Designing a Border from Scratch Part II

This Talk is the second of a series of three.  Each Talk has a different focus and is packed with enough information to stand on its own.

Part II  takes a look at the principle maintenance tasks that we have in the border and gives tips and advice on ways to reduce these at the outset. Recent planting methods and styles which have arisen out of the search for low maintenance borders are discussed as an alternative to the traditional Mixed Border.  Practical details of ground preparation and planting are also covered alongside case studies with more Designer tips and warnings of common pitfalls.

"A very informative Talk and we cannot wait to put the ideas into practice"  Rugby Gardener's Guild

Plant Choices and Combinations for a Year Round Border
or Designing a Border from Scratch Part III

This Talk is the third of a series of three. Each Talk has a different focus and is packed with enough information to stand on its own.

Part III relates back to some content of Part I and Part II.  Elements of 'Right Plant, Right Place' are now covered as we look at recommended plants for the different roles they play, good pairing/succession combinations and how to create a sustainably beautiful border. Certain plants are also named and shamed for the trouble they may cause in the year round border!

"A special thank you for delivering such an interesting talk to our group today.  Many of our members commented to me about the talk and found it very thought provoking....... Thank you for a talk packed with such good ideas."  Cottage Garden Society, W Midlands and Warwickshire Group

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Gardening with Wildlife in Mind

The plight of British Wildlife is often in the media these days. In this Talk Lucy approaches gardens from the viewpoint of the wildlife which may be passing through, giving  practical tips and ideas which can easily be adapted in any garden.

"We are very pleased that you were able to join us...Feedback from members of the public was excellent and showed that your 'Wildlife Gardening' talk was very well received" Ed Green, Chief Executive, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

                   

The Natural Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh

The Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh was rebuilt in 2012. The Brief for the new garden was to design a garden which would encourage wildlife and appeal to human senses in a natural way. In this talk, Lucy takes you through the journey from Concept and Build to present day maturity with stories of the successes and the issues that have been experienced along the way.

 

"Thanks again for the excellent talk" P Nash, Bulkington Gardening Club

 

"On behalf of Kenilworth Horticultural Society I would like to thank you for your excellent talk on Tuesday" Secretary, KHS

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Gardening for Climate Change

It - the Climate Emergency - is and has been with us for a while. We all need to do what we can to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. This talk will look principally at ways we can use our gardens to protect and improve local biodiversity. It will also cover ways of assessing what you have or plan to have with a view to creating a garden which will be resiliant in the extreme weather we are likely to get in the future.

 

This talk is in the process of being written and will be available from 2023.