THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Dec07

Gardening Talks To Clubs And Societies

My name is Darren Lerigo. I am a gardener and topiary artist and I provide garden talks  for clubs all over the UK – and now via Zoom as well!

If you are a speaker finder in need of a talk, then please do get in touch. But please note this is a short introduction to my talks. For full information, go to Garden Club Speaker For Your Group.

With my talks, I hope to:

  • Provide your group with something interesting, informative and fun.
  • Make your life as easy as possible. I will do this by turning up on time, bringing equipment that works, making sure the fee and travel expenses are good value for your group and giving a talk that makes your group happy they have come to see it.
  • Speak as lightly and clearly as possible, without making it a dry lecture.
  • Do my best to cover at the last minute, if your speaker is unable to make the talk.

Here is a small selection of what people say about my talks:

“Many thanks for a great talk (as usual!) I have had 26 emails today saying how much they enjoyed your talk.” Langham Beekeepers

“Thank you so much, it was an excellent presentation which everyone enjoyed very much.

I think you passion for gardening shone through and you delivered your talk with great fluency, humour and knowledge. Everyone I spoke to afterwards was very impressed.

Perhaps you could send me details of your other talks and which date you would prefer?” Holywell and Needingworth Garden Club

“Everyone enjoyed your talk. There was quite a buzz!” Oddfellows Group, Suffolk

I have extensive experience, giving over 50 talks per year, as well as speaking at Blenheim Palace and The National Flower Show, running topiary workshops, leading garden tours and for EBKA giving the Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture.

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Available Talks

  1. What Do I Do With This Space? (Ideas on garden design and maintenance)
  2. Diluted (How to cope with excessive heat and a lack of rain on our gardens)
  3. Clippings (Making topiary and how to use it in the garden)
  4. Helping The Honeybee (Sharing the very best garden plants for bees)
  5. A Very British Garden (Ideas for plants that suit a British garden)

Talks are 50-60 minutes plus q&a. I can provide my own projector.

Cost of My Talks

My speaker fee is £120 for groups and clubs.

Concessions are available for smaller clubs of 25 people or less.

For Zoom talks, the cost is £75.

Travel expenses can be discussed, but I travel all over the UK to speak and will do my best to make this cost manageable for both your group and myself.

Who I Talk To

  • Gardening Clubs
  • Horticultural Societies
  • WI’s
  • Oddfellows
  • Beekeeper Groups
  • Allotment Societies
  • U3A’s
  • Fellowships
  • Church Groups
  • Anyone else who needs an entertaining, informative speaker!

“Thank you so much Darren. Your talk was much appreciated and enjoyed by our members.” Benfleet Horticultural Society

To book a talk or to find out more, please do contact me now.

 

Nov19

Fernando Caruncho, A Couple More Interviews To Read…

Fernando Caruncho is a garden designer from Madrid. I am always inspired by his work – his clean lines, ‘green architecture’, sense of proportion, balance and minimal plant palette. This seems to bring out the atmosphere of the garden, the space, intensifying its… spirit. I have written about him a lot – here, for example… and here. But recently I have discovered a few more interviews with him, so thought I would link to his words as he always has something interesting to say, the opposite of prosaic. This first interview from the Society of Garden Designers will give you …

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Nov11

Talks Information 2021, Darren Lerigo Garden Club Speaker, Modern Mint

In 2021 I will be offering 5 talks – so if you are a Garden Club, Horticultural Society, WI, Probus group or club of some kind who needs a speaker, click on the link below to read a short document with all the details! Talks Information 2021 inc Zoom Darren Lerigo, Modern Mint There is an FAQ’s section included in the download, but if you have another question that needs answering then please do get in touch with me and ask it. I’m happy to help! Contact Me About A Talk For Your Group

Nov10

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop In 2021

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2021. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2021