Pro palma hortus, ut vadum nunquam recedo*
I am a freelance garden historian, and can offer your group a wide variety of talks connected with this most fascinating of subjects. I can also offer my services as a tour guide of many historic gardens across the UK and Europe, assist you with a research project or help you design your garden in a particular period style.
I have been giving lectures since 2000, and am currently taking bookings for 2016 and 2017. I was awarded the University of London (Birkbeck College) Diploma in Garden History in 2003.
I have given talks for:
The Eden Project
National Portrait Gallery
Imperial War Museum
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Painshill Landscape Garden Trust
Dulwich Picture Gallery
The National Trust (at many individual properties and for 30+ branches of the Members' Association)
Ness Botanic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
the Universities of Essex, Reading and Kent
the University of the Third Age (40+ individual local branches)
many local gardening, history and natural history societies and the Women's Institute.
All my lectures (apart from one) are illustrated and most (but not all) can be adapted to suit your needs as regards timing - from 45 minutes to 1½ hours or longer. Many can be arranged to incorporate a refreshment break if necessary.
"Flower Power" talks are 25 minutes long and can be combined to make a longer talk to suit the time available. The Tale of the Tulip" and "Say it with Poison" are 45-50 minutes "An A-Z of Garden History" and "The Inexhaustible Mr. Paxton" require 75 minutes or more
A full list of the lectures I can currently offer can be found by clicking on the appropriate arrow at the side of the page.
I provide my own laptop and projector; the loan of a projection screen, stand or table of an appropriate height and a 2 socket extension cable will be necessary. If, however, your venue already has a projector in situ, please let me know!
I also offer two longer lectures, designed to give a more in depth look at the history of gardening in a "study day" format, ideal for both large and small groups wishing to explore the subject further. The day is broken down into four easily digestible units of 1 - 1½ hours, and incorporates a 20 - 30 minute morning break, an hour for lunch, and a similar break in the afternoon. This format also allows ample time for group discussion Study days are ideal for universities, colleges, museums and gardens with a public lecture programme, or for private groups wanting something "a little different" for their members, perhaps as a fundraising event or special interest day.
Nothing to do with garden history, my incredibly opinionated theatre reviews can be found here: http://www.russells-theatre-reviews.blogspot.com
Make yourself a cup of tea, read and enjoy!
* For the glory of the garden, may it never pass away" -the final line of Kipling's famous poem "The Glory of the Garden"