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Talks for garden clubs

 

Climate change: the long-range gardener's forecast

A wide-ranging, illustrated talk that briefly summarises the current science behind climate change forecasts, before delving into the impacts likely to be seen in the UK generally and East Anglia more specifically.

How, as gardeners, can we respond? What steps might we take to ensure we can still continue to enjoy success in the garden? Will we get higher yields in the vegetable patch, or lose it all to pests and diseases?

These questions and more are looked at in this popular talk which invariably leads to a lively question and answer session.

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From mighty acorns: the story of the British Oak

 

Oak trees are the very essence of the British countryside, and are rightly cherished and valued as our single most important tree.

In this talk we look at the history of our oaks, from the end of the last Ice Age to an uncertain but optimistic future. The crucial contribution oaks make to our landscapes, the rich cultural and historical heritage and the critically important wildlife value of oaks are all covered in this colourful and lively presentation.

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Gardening in the Shade

A shady garden should be seen as an asset and a wonderful opportunity to grow all manner of charming woodland and other shade-adapted specialists.

In this talk we look at how certain plants are adapted to shady conditions and apply this to making good choices for the garden. We also look at how to ameliorate severe shade and so make best use of all the garden.

Illustrated with slides and with plants, all of which will be for sale, this talk works especially well in spring but is available for any time of year.

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Rare, unusual and beautiful shrubs

Shrubs are often the key architectural elements in the garden, providing much of the underlying form and structure. But they can also be so much more and in this talk we look at some breathtakingly beautiful shrubs that offer a wealth of flowers, fruit, foliage and winter interest.

We consider where some of the rarer shrubs come from in the wild and what that tells us about the right place to plant them, as well as some of the history of the fearless explorers who brought these plants from afar to our shores. We also take time to consider good planting and pruning to get the very best out of your plants.

Illustrated with slides and as many shrubs as we can carry!

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Trees for all seasons

Richly illustrated by slides, and as many trees, or bits of trees, we can get in to the car, this talk ranges widely over the whole topic of trees, ornamental and productive, in the garden.

We look at form and habit, flowers, fruit, bark and foliage as well as wildlife value and how trees can alter the entire ecology of a garden - hopefully for the better!

We also take time to think about good planting practice, complementary planting, pruning, training and ultimately felling a tree that for whatever reason needs to go.

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