I enjoy sharing my passion for gardens and have been a regular guest speaker since 2013. The talks are between 45 - 60 minutes and all photos in the presentation have been taken by me with about 170 images in each talk, so plenty to see! My fee is £60 per engagement, plus 45p per mile travel. I will bring my laptop, projector and extension leads but if you could provide a small table and screen or plain wall for projection, that would be perfect.

Do please call me on 01727 837280 or email for details of availability. Here is a list of my garden talks:

Japanese Gardens at Cherry Blossom Time

Take a journey to Japan and see beautiful photos from seven gardens that span garden-making between 710 to 1924: the top three gardens of Japan - Kenrokuen, Korakuen and Kairakuen, then Saiho-ji, Ryoan-ji and Heian-jingu temple gardens, and a personal garden created by 20th century garden designer, Mirei Shigemori. To add context, the talk includes images of contemporary Japanese highlights.

Featured Gardens:
Saiho-ji Temple
Ryoan-ji Temple
Heian-jingu Shrine
Mirei Shigemori Museum
plus general Japanese highlights

Just a note to express our appreciation again for such an enjoyable talk about Japanese Gardens this morning. It was excellent in many ways, not least for us the superb photos and fascinating sights many would love to visit. I think everyone enjoyed seeing the completely different styles of the seven gardens you took us to and having the amazing management of the shrubs, trees or landscaping explained and so beautifully linked by you in your talk with smaller scale garden design and planting ideas for ourselves. To visit the gardens at cherry blossom time was of course an absolute treat! Watford U3A

Five Gardens from Around the World
The Golden Pavilion, Japan
Villa d’Este, Italy
Monet’s garden at Giverny, France
Le Jardin Marjorelle, Morocco
Hauser and Wirth and the Piet Oudolf Field, England

Illustrating a selection of old and new gardens from around the world, this talk explores design similarities and influences from one garden-maker to another. Japanese and classical garden designs fed into the development of Monet's garden, and Monet's impressionism influenced Le Jardin Marjorelle. The talk is brought up to date with Piet Oudolf's work in Somerset.

Amanda gave a talk to the Ladies Probus Club on Five Gardens From Around the World in January 2017. With many beautiful photographs, she illustrated the varied styles of gardening worldwide, commenting on how these reflected the different cultures and history of the people. Several of our members had visited some of these gardens and we all enjoyed her talk very much. Harpenden Ladies Probus Club

Five English Gardens from Arts and Crafts to the Present Day
Hestercombe - designed by Gertrude Jekyll
Sissinghurt - designed by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson
Great Dixter - designed by Christopher Lloyd
Denmans - designed by John Brookes
Prospect Cottage - designed by Derek Jarman

This interesting talk explores English planting and garden design from the painterly approach of Gertrude Jekyll, to industrial materials and native plants used in Derek Jarman's seaside garden in Dungeness. Beautiful photos of the gardens in full summer add to the floral delight.