THE MODERN MINT BLOG
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.
Ian Tinton – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.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.
Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.
Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …
Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …