Horticultural Speakers in Kent

Andrew Babicz Horticultural Speaker

Andrew Babicz/ 18 Magnolia Way, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CB15 9QS


Talk Topics:

  • Royal Botanic Garden - Edinburg - This talk is about the history, people and plants that make up the garden
  • Seasonal Container Gardening - All you need to know about Container Gardening!
  • Composting -  All you ever wanted to know about Composting but were afraid to ask!


Fees: £80 - £120



01277 200588

Facebook: @Andrews Gardening

Christine Bartlett/ Ashford, Kent

Talk Topics:

  • Orchid Care for Beginners - learn how to look after your orchids, improving their growth and get them to flower again.
  • Orchidmania - our fascination with collecting orchids. In Victorian times only the very rich could collect orchids, but now we can all buy them cheaply and keep them in our homes. Discover the journey orchid collecting has taken over the years.
  • Advanced Orchid Growing & Unusual Species - many people are familiar with the Phalaenopsis orchid but there are many more beautiful species to discover. This talk will introduce some unusual species, describe their natural habitats and give advice on Orchid Shows where these might be seen.
  • Practical workshops can be arranged which include a potting demonstration and an orchid clinic where the audience can bring along their own orchids for advice.

Fees:  £50 for 45 - 60min talk + petrol cost from Ashford,Kent


Phone: 07503000504

email: orchidschris@gmail.com


Guy Deakins/ Whitstable

Talk Topics:

  • Sun Tzu in the garden (an alternative guide to fighting pest and disease)
  • Why a Chemical Free Garden is Better
  • How to commit the perfect murder (An alternative guide to plant food and health)
  • Growth and how it doesn't exist

Fees: 60 GBP plus 30Pence per mile travel from Whitstable


Phone: 07896184644


Steven Edney/ Canterbury, Kent

Talk Topics:

  • The Salutation garden
  • Exotic gardening
  • Designing borders for colour succession
  • Talks available for any gardening topic

Fees: 90GBP plus travel 


Twitter: @stevenedney4

Phone: 01304 448476

email: steven.edney@live.com

Contakt Postal Address: Sweetbriar, 69 Chequer Lane, Ash, Kent, CT3 2AX

Tom Hart Dyke/ Kent

Talk Topics:

  • Tales of Modern Day Plant Hunter - orchid hunting, 9 month kidnap ordeal and the stories of the creation of the World Garden.
  • A Horticulturally Endowed Tale - including the above and my return to South America after my Colombian kidnap ordeal, Venezuela in '06, Ecuador in '07.
  • All for a National Collection - Puya Hunting in the South American Andes

Fees: From 350 GBP + VAT + travel expenses

www.tomhartdyke.co.uk  www.dfmanagement.co.uk

DFManagement on Facebook DF Management on Twitter

Phone: 01264 771726


Contact Postal Address: PO Box 1805, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3ZN


Philip Oostenbrink/ Canterbury, Kent

Talk Topics:

  • Gardens and Grounds at Canterbury Cathedral, past and present
  • How to start a national plant collection

Fees: 75 - 100 GBP


Twitter @PhilipHGCC

Phone: 07794261722p.oostenbrink@gmail.com

Contact Postal Address: 8, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH

Chloe Anthony/ Sussex/ Kent border

Talk Topics:

  • Permaculture
  • Forest gardening

Fees: range from free introductory talks to weekend and year-long courses, as well as bespoke


Facebook: Chloe Anthony

Phone: 01342 850815




Cory Fernmoor/ Penshurst Place and Gardens

Talk Topics:

  • Penshurst Place and Gardens, past, present and future
  • Gardeners question times

Fees: 70 GBP plus travel expenses


Facebook: PenshurstplaceandgardensPhone: 01892 870307

Contact Postal Address: Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8DG



Darren Everest/ Kent

Talk Topics:

  • Dahlias
  • Sweet Peas

Fees: 60 GBP + travelling



Facebook: Darren Everest Dahlias

Phone: 07808793862


Contact Postal Address: 9, Westways, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1TT

Charlie Bloom/ East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London

Talk Topics:

  • Show gardening madness behind the scenes
  • Large scale restoration, Sir John Mills old Estate
  • Any topic regarding general horticulture... I can take requests

Fees: Only travel costs required


Twitter: @Bloomsblogs

Linkedin: Charlie Bloom

Phone: 07780436838


Contact Postal Address: The Garden Flat, 1 Emmanuel Rd, Hastings, TN34 3LB


Alison Marsden/ Kent

Talk Topics:

  • Gardening with more impact for less effort
  • 'Right plant, right place, the key to understanding what will thrive'
  • Front gardens: making the most of your house
  • Gardening for wildlife and people too

Fees: 80GBP plus mileage from Tunbridge Wells


Facebook: GardeningbydesignUK

Twitter: @GardenInKent

LinkedIn: Alison Marsden

01892 511719, 07803 045327



Colin Moat/ Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks Kent, TN15 7SU

Talk Topics:

  • 50 Greys of Shade
  • Chelsea Unhinged
  • Practical workshop on propagation

Fees: From 85 GBP (depending on length of talk required) plus mileage @40p per mile


Facebook: Pineview Plants

Twitter: @colinmoat1

LinkedIn: Colin Moat

Contact potal address: Pineview, 19 Windmill Hill, Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7SU

01732 882945





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