Speakers 2023


Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Making Gardening Achievable

Sue Kent

Making gardening achievable and accessible. Looking at design, plant choices and equipment. Sue loves gardening and does so not only with her small hands but her feet due to an upper limb disability. With over 30 years’ experience she has plant and design ideas to make gardening easy for all ages and abilities.


Wednesday, 1 February 2023


Robin Parer

Hardy geraniums. Robin has the largest collection of hardy geraniums in North America. Her nursery Geraniaceae is located in Marin County north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. She will share her knowledge and experience with us by Zooming to St Monica's.


Wednesday, 1 March 2023

An Introduction to Forest Gardening

Rob Handy

Rob has a one hectare forest garden on the northern slopes of the Mendips which is an oasis of biodiversity and abundance. He has given more than two hundred talks to garden clubs and revisits on a regular basis. In his talk Rob will give us an innovative introduction to forest gardening. He will encourage audience participation.
Please note that there will not be a slide show. LIVE MEETING ONLY


Wednesday, 5 April 2023


Richard Horswood

Alpine expert, Richard Horswood, will tell us all we need to know about these stunning little plants.


Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Restoration of Walled Gardens

Sylvia Travers

Dr Sylvia Travers has a PhD in pomology and plant science. Sylvia oversaw the construction and planting of the Paradise and Kitchen gardens at RHS Bridgewater. She specialises in the design, creation and restoration of kitchen gardens and is committed to no-dig, regenerative, inclusive horticulture.


Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Plant and Garden Photography

Richard Barnes

Richard was one of our early zoom speakers when he delighted us with his Winter Garden and gave us the inspiration for our Christmas Day flower survey. As well as being a horticulturalist Richard is a professional photographer. In this talk he will look at practical ways to make good images of plants and gardens.


Wednesday, 6 September 2023

Garden History

Advolly Richmond

Advolly is a Garden, Landscape and Social historian. She has written and presented garden history led features for BBC Gardeners World as well as audio features on plant history for BBC Gardeners Question Time. This talk will briefly look at some people and plants in history that have shaped our gardens.


Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Berried Treasure

Howard Drury

There are many good plants with highly decorative fruits and berries.
Howard will take a look at how valuable they can be in helping conserve garden wildlife


Wednesday, 8 November 2023

From Spuds to Chelsea

Cleve West

Cleve West, a garden designer who has won numerous medals at Chelsea, will tell us of his horticultural journey giving examples of his
private work as well as his show gardens.


Wednesday, 6 December 2023

Crayfish on the Lawn and Other Garden Stories

Joff Elphick

Joff is a professional gardener and podcaster. His talk will cover the many interesting things he comes across and will include excerpts from his podcasts and videos of some things he guarantees we will not have seen before – and of course interesting plants!