Lectures, Talks and Presentations

I am happy to tailor my subjects to what you want - an academic lecture or an entertaining talk - with or without illustration. There is also plenty of scope for making a half or full day exploring many subjects in greater detail. My books, consultancies, researches and travel all feed into the narrative. Any distance. Fees negotiable, please email for a guide.


A more propitious clime – glass in the garden
A Walk through Garden History
Engraved on her heart – gardens for Notre Dame de Calais
How does your garden grow Mr. Shakespeare
Monet at Giverny
Permission to poison – The Alnwick Garden
Sheer folly – garden history and its landmarks
Sifting the humus from the humour – poetically, practically or precisely
Step into the Christmas Card
The Thinker’s Guide to Gardens
Water Lilies and the genius of Bory Latour-Marliac
Why Violets shrink and answers to other thorny questions in the plant world


Audley End - A walk through garden history
A garden of designers – Blickling Hall
Allegory and fantasy - Nicolao Santini and the Villa Torrigiani
A Palladian mansion, ‘Englished’ and naturalised - Thomas Coke and Holkham Hall
A taste for the antique in a modern setting – the Gibberd Garden
Beth Chatto and her gardens at Elmstead Market - the art of planting
Cruise the World - Beatrice de Rothschild Ephrussi and her villa
Eclectic and passionate – the gardens of East Ruston Old Vicarage
English Country House style – Kelmarsh Hall
Evergreen elegance in an English park - Ickworth
Hampton Court Palace – fit for kings
Inner beauty and power play - the gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife
Keats House, Hampstead and the Regency Domestic Garden
Lyveden Bield and the Triangular Lodge - A Dangerous Game - Thomas Tresham and his covert religious symbolism
Norfolk county squire and Prime Minister Robert Walpole and Houghton Hall
Queen Alexandra and her gardens at Sandringham and Hvidore
Somerleyton Hall - High Victorian style and status
University Botanic Garden, Cambridge - to pleasingly educate - from city centre to world resource
Victorian values – the Plantation Garden, Norwich
Wimpole Hall A walk through garden history


Herbs and Gardens
Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener


Impressionist Gardens – painted and planted canvases – single lectures, general or focussed, half or full study day, or course
Impressionists in their gardens – living light and colour
American Impressionists in their Gardens
Monet's early years at Giverny - Cash-strapped tenant to proud possessor 1886-1906
Setting the Scene - Argenteuil – horticultural hotbed
Not just water lilies - Monet’s pond as an original and possibly unique motif
Monet’s water lilies from source to Giverny to Les Nymphéas
Australia’s Impressionists: Fontainebleau, the Heidelberg School and the zenith landscape
English Impressions – Home and Garden with Gertrude Jekyll
French Impressions under Mediterranean skies - Renoir at Les Collettes
Joaquin Sorolla, his family and their Madrid garden
Flowers of Impressionist Youth: World War One and their Remembrance
Garden History – single lecture, half or full study day, or course
English Houses and Gardens – defining Englishness
English Houses and Gardens as personal expressions
English Houses and Gardens designed by William Kent – esoteric, eclectic and egotistic
London and Wise – aiming to suit with Versailles
The French Garden at its zenith – the Sun King and Andre Le Notre, radiant and radiating
The Medieval Garden – vernacular art and craft
The Edwardian Garden – golden and delicious
The Georgian Garden 1712-1783 – intellectual gymnastics to formulaic intelligence
The Georgian Garden 1783-1837 – a varied surface
The Interwar Garden - Roaring Twenties into Modernist Thirties
The Renaissance Garden in Britain – nature produces better fruit if cultivated
The Roman Garden: architecture, illusions and deities
The Stuart Garden - most pleasant variegated verdure
The Victorian Garden - the quest for the best

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