THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Dec07

Speaker For Your Garden Club In Essex

I do lots of garden talks.

Around 50 per year, travelling across the country sharing my knowledge and thoughts on how to garden in our changing climate, to groups who want to know something new.

It is exceptionally enjoyable and, I think, experience has made me a much better speaker. So much so that people seem to find it fun too….

“Thank you so much for your great talk last night.  Not only was it interesting and something I don’t think any of us have thought about before, but it was very entertaining.   Our treasurer has already emailed me today to say it was a brilliant talk and can we have you back again.”

Braintree Organic Gardening Group

“Thank you for a lovely evening for our members. It was really entertaining to see examples of your tools and your work and that of others as you chatted comfortably about your life and passion for gardening.
I am sure we all took away ideas to help us in our growing and designing of our gardens. With all good wishes for the development of  Modern Mint and I will be in touch for a future booking.”

St Edmundsbury Gardeners’ Society

The talks I give and other information can be seen here – Garden Club Speaker.

But I also wanted to share with you a few other names of garden club speakers in Essex, that you may wish to make a note of.

They are:

Ian Tinton – sales@wvgm.co.uk

Ian talks about wool compost and the benefits of growing your plants, vegetables and filling your pots with this amazing compost. It is peat-free, sustainable, holds water for a long time and the nitrogen in the wool helps feed your plants. He is a lovely chap too and it is well worth making sure you book him and discover a little more about wool compost.

Zsuzsa Serer – spicesoticplants@hotmail.com

I met Zsuzsa earlier this year and she too is very lovely. She talks on herbs, how to propagate them, will likely bring plants to demonstrate with and can also tell you about traditional Hungarian garden practises. Do get in touch with her if you are looking for a speaker in Essex!

Barbara Segall – The Garden Post

Barbara is also a herb expert. She was the most encouraging voice I could ever encounter when I first decided I might give garden club speaking a try. So so kind! And a brilliant writer too. Her book Gardens By The Sea is one of my favourites.

We hope you have an easy time filling your speaker programmes over the next year. But if you are struggling to fill a gap, then please do contact myself or one these other Essex garden club speakers – we will do our best to give you an interesting, informative talk!

See Darren’s talks now.

Oct09

Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Talk Notes

On Monday night I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex. Below are a few links for further information based on some of the ideas discussed in the talk: Real Seeds – a fantastic supplier of fruit and vegetable seeds for growers. Boxwood Caterpillar Advice – from the European Boxwood & Topiary Society. I will also write a little companion piece this winter with more information and some topiary techniques, so watch out for that on this website. Boxwood Lure & Nematodes – my preferred option for dealing with the caterpillar. Discount code for 10% off is EBTSBOX29GBZ …

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Sep27

Photos Of Some Recent Topiary I’ve Clipped

Some recent work over the last year or so, clipping boxwood and holly hedges, yew topiary on top and fun, organic shapes. Contact me if you need some topiary clipping and we can chat about the possibilities. Darren