'Talks on Gardens'

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 All of my presentations are delivered using the modern medium of PowerPoint. I have my own digital projector, laptop, stand and, if required, 1.5m screen. Some of the images are animated, and music, appropriate to the talk is sometimes included, all of which provide additional interest.

 

  •  IDYLLIC ITALIAN GARDENS

    This talk features Magnolia and Camellia time in the gardens on and around Lake Maggiore

Magnolia, Gresham Hybrid, ‘Peter Smithers’

 

  • ADVENTURES IN YUNNAN (China)

Share in the excitement of exploring the Chinese Province of Yunnan and discover wonderful and new species of plants in the company of the former Curator of the Kunming Botanical Gardens.

 

Children of Yunnan in a field of Rhododendron racemosum

 

  • EXPLORING THE NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

In 2008 my husband and I realised a long held ambition to tour New Zealand and see its incredibly beautiful scenery, its botanical gardens and plants.  In this presentation you can also experience the Maori culture,  unique geological features and stunning coastline.

 

Eucalyptus ficifolia

  • EXPLORING THE SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

In this sequel to ‘Exploring the North Island of New Zealand’, I continue my tour of this scenic country, going in search of whales, sea lions, royal albatross and yellow-eyed penguins. Join me as I fly over spectacular Mount Cook, sail in Milford Sound, walk into Christchurch Cathedral before the earthquake and finally visit the paradise Cook Islands.

'Sandfly Beach', Near Dunedin, New Zealand South Island

  • ‘LYRICAL ‘LA MORTELLA’

This presentation visits Pompeii, the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia. I invite you to share with me the idyllic gardens of the late Sir William and Lady Susana Walton at ‘La Mortella’.

 

La Mortella, Ischia

  • BHUTAN - KINGDOM OF RARE PLANTS

 Travel with me as I trek through this unique country, meet the endearing Bhutanese people, learn about their Buddhist culture and discover some rare and exciting plant species. 

Buddhist Monks in Bhutan

 

  •  BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN GARDENS’

 Come and visit some of the majestic American gardens including The Huntington Botanical Gardens, Filoli and Quarry Hill in California, the Portland Chinese and Japanese Gardens and the Jane Platt Garden in Oregon together with the Elizabeth Miller Botanical Garden.

 

Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library

 

  • ‘GLORIOUS GARDENS OF FRANCE’

  A tour around the unique gardens of the Dordogne, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and Serre de la Madone on the Cote d'Azur as well as Giverny, Monet's famous garden in Normandy.  

Eyrignac, one of the glorious gardens of France

 

  • 'SPRING FLOWERS OF CRETE'

      Travel through this legendary landscape to see the spectacular spring flowers

Tulipa bakeri

  • 'THE TALE OF TWO GARDENS'

     The stunning Botanical and Orchid Gardens and sensational 'Gardens by the Bay' in Singapore.

The Orchid Garden in the Singapore Botanical Gardens

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NEW FOR 2016

' SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA'

The gorgeous flowers and fantastic scenery of this amazing country