THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Need a talk for your garden club? Via Zoom because of Covid-restrictions this winter?
Then I can help!
It is great you are trying to keep your club going, and though Zoom is not the same as getting a group together and talking about gardening live, of the moment, right now it is the best alternative we have got.
How I Do A Zoom Talk For Your Garden Club
I’m very happy to do Zoom talks and have moved about 20% online so far (from end of March 2020 to the start of October 2020) – although that number is growing in the last few weeks!
I did a talk on Thursday night for a group, who were using Zoom for their garden club for the first time… it felt a big step, and the committee had understandable nerves about if it would work… but we ended up having a great time…
Just so you know more about how a Zoom talk would work, I can:
- Set up the meeting and send you the link to login the day before we start. You then circulate this amongst members who are attending.
- Cost is £60.
- Talks tend to be 45-55 minutes, with a following q and a. I try to use the benefits of Zoom rather than just copy a normal talk – so screen sharing, polling, reactions and discussion are all thrown into the mix.
- At the start I go through how it all works so anyone new to Zoom can get a feel for it too – but so far all Zoom talks I’ve done have been great fun.
If you feel you need a little more help beforehand, I am happy to book a 15 minute practise with a few members or your committee, for an additional £15.
This can be done anytime before the talk, to go through how it will all work, get a feel for polling and reactions etc… and anwer any questions you may have. This may well be useful for you in helping to make sure your group has a fantastic experience and wants to continue.
The two talks I have so far adapted for Zoom are:
A Very British Garden – about compost making, dealing with slugs, great plants for your borders and no-dig vegetable growing.
Clippings – about how to prune, roses, wisteria, fruit trees, shrubs and topiary.
I have more talks planned on further topics when the topiary season finishes for me, and time becomes a little freer…
Any questions do please contact me. But I hope this helps and that we get to meet in person one day, but certainly via Zoom at your garden club if that continues to be impossible for the near future!
Just a quick message from a garden club last night after I gave a talk for them via Zoom… Hi Darren, We would just like to thank you for a very enjoyable and fun talk this evening for our first Zoom meeting! Think we can say that everyone enjoyed it, we have already had positive feedback from some of the members, obviously the way forward at the moment! We were certainly very pleased with the turn out for the first virtual meeting! If you are a garden club speaker and want to give it a try, then please do …
I was asked by the European Boxwood & Topiary Society to help out with answering a common question – How to sharpen your shears? So we spent a fun day making a video, that hopefully will help you make sure you have sharp, shiny blades to do your topiary pruning with. And you can find here more examples of the topiary I make with my sharp blades.
You can get a ticket for this new talk I’m giving at the European Boxwood And Topiary Society here – TALK TICKETS It is on the 25th August at 6pm. It should be great fun and I’m very excited to be sharing some recent thoughts about topiary with people – and how it might work in a modern garden.