THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Dec07

Speaker For Your Garden Club In Essex

Update 2022 – Right now I am only booking talks via Zoom for 2022/2023.

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.

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.