This is what it means to me.
I hardly expected to see myself as a teacher, a mentor, or a leader in my field. It happend slowly at first. I didn't find Public Horticulture, it found me. I didn't really care what people thought of a garden until I watched them experience a really interesting one. To see the joy and amazement on their faces and the wonder in their eyes, the questions it provoked.
When you answered, you empowered them.
That's where teaching began for me. Working in public horticulture for over thirty years, I have a unique insight as to what visitors and gardeners are looking for. Whether teaching in respected institutions or lecturing to the most basic group of gardening enthusiasts, it’s the same task, conveying a passion
Please understand and respect that these garden lectures will not be broken up, spliced or agreed to in an A la Carte manner. They have been crafted and organized to convey a message or to tell a story in a contiguous manner.
Boom Without the Bloom
This is a look at an often overlooked but vitally important part of the garden and landscape. If something should compromise the floral aspect of your garden, you should have a strong foliar background to carry the garden through the season.
Interesting and Dependable Plant Choices
Everyone has their own list of their favorite plants, this one is mine. I'll cover trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. In addition some tropical plants and tender perennials to spice things up.
The Exciting World of Container Culture
A look at the breadth of container gardening styles and techniques. Different types of containers are discussed as well as some favorite plants for container culture.
Define Your Own Style
This is a look at how to personalize your garden through the use of artistic element and found artifacts. Discussed is the addition of garden furniture as a design element. We will also consider the use of ornamental containers and floral container combinations as extensions of your personality in your garden.
Visions Of Chanticleer
This talk is a walking garden narrative, covering the different garden areas. Different seasons and phases of the garden will be revealed, as well as the personalities that make the garden what it is.
A Focus on the Art and Whimsy
Horticulture is imperative at Chanticleer, but is not the only thing that sets the garden apart from other public gardens. It is also the efforts of the staff that make the garden unique. This talk highlights the artists and their work in the garden
An artistic approach to design of necessary items in the public garden, park, space, world drawing inspiration from the place and living community in which it will be placed and utilized. Many examples used are from Chanticleer so it could also serve as a Chanticleer introduction as well.
I have given this talk to the APGA, American Public Gardens Association. This can also be applied to those in the trade, or anyone who creates and installs beauty and may potentially interact with the audience that experiences it.
Defining the Architecture of the Garden
This is a study of plant architecture and how it impacts the garden through a mix of hardy and non-hardy plant images. I will discuss ways to improving these aspects of your garden.
Exciting Tropical and Tender Plants
There is nothing like pushing the limits in the garden and this is a great way to start. When you combine the hottest, sexiest tropical beauties with a sharp looking pot, add fertilizer, water and lots of summer heat and watch out! We will look at some of my favorite performers from the tropics, as well as some temperate annuals.
A Design and Motivational Talk
This talk will give the beginner and advanced gardeners tips from the pros to help freshen up their own gardens at home. It will provide something to think about while contemplating their own beds, pots and combinations next season.
Learning to combine the right plants
Finding the right mix, opening our eyes to what makes great combinations in a garden setting. Plants, colors, textures, paving and hardscape, as well as furniture will be discussed in detail.
A talk to help identify, seize upon and finally implement ideas that inspire our designs.
Keeping it fresh, we all need inspiration to keep the garden fresh and exciting from season to season and year to year. Sometimes that creative spark just isn't clicking and you need a jump start...but from where? I will share some of the people, places and things that get my creative juices flowing and make you think about what inspires each of us.
Getting the Most out of Your Late-season Display
Fundamentally we all want the same thing... more! More plants, more choices, and more options to extend our gardening season. I will share with you ways to extend both sides of the season, using examples from Chanticleer. Plant suggestions, design tips, and techniques for how to make your late season garden excel .
My speaking fee is $750 per talk within 250 miles of 19803. The fee increases to $1000 beyond that distance. Payment is due at the completion of the presentation or later with prior agreement. A talk consists of 45 to 60 minutes. This can vary with the topic and event schedule. Image lists and an opportunity for questions either at the podium or after, depending on the event. During the COVID pandemic, all virtual presentations will maintain the same fee structure, as stated above.
Travel, meals, lodging in a hotel, and incidentals are additional. A lesser fee can be negotiated, but a second booking within 18 months at full rate will be required. These are determined on a case by case basis. A contract issued by the organization or individual hiring must be signed by both parties prior to the talk being given. The contract must include the terms and conditions stated above.