I’ve been lucky to have been invited to talk about creativity, gardening and food to audiences large and small. You can follow my schedule and read what people have said about my talks on my Great Garden Speakers page. If you’d like to schedule me for your next event please contact me here.
Stylish Handmade Gardens
Inspirational, lively and sometimes quirky profiles of “hands-on” gardeners and the personality infused gardens they create. This is passionate gardening as a form of artistic and personal expression. Say goodbye to “yard work” and hello to outdoor play.
Ornamental Edibles: Pretty Tasty!
Cultivate health and beauty with clever container ideas, planting suggestions and a playful mix of ornamental edibles. Whether you’re a home grower, community gardener, or farmer’s market regular, fresh seasonal produce can play a beautifully decorative as well as a satisfyingly healthful role in our lives throughout the year.
Backyard Bountiful: kitchen gardens and the gardening kitchen.
A lively illustrated presentation offering a delicious profile of choice fruits and vegetables suitable for cultivation in the Pacific Northwest with particular focus on cool season crops that produce for an extended period of time. Recipes included.
Preserving the Harvest.
Celebrating the contemporary revival of old school preserving arts coupled with a newfound respect for food integrity and healthful living with images, recipes, facts and time-saving tips.
Operating Instructions for the DIY gardener.
Simple questions to address BEFORE you begin that will help you envision a landscape uniquely suited to you and your home. This presentation may be offered as a 1 hour lecture or expanded to a 3 hour hands-on workshop where audience members get down to work planning their garden.
10 Secrets to Getting the Most from a Small Vegetable Garden.
Raise delicious, fresh, healthy food even in limited space. Directed at urban households, community gardeners, container and kitchen windowsill cultivation.
Small is the new BIG: 3 big rules (& 4 small ones) for designing small gardens with impact
City-sized gardens, high density urban housing, fewer hours for leisure (and even fewer for slaving in the garden) – you have to be a master of invention or mistress of ingenuity when it comes to fitting a garden into a busy 21st century life.
Sit back and enjoy a colorful pictorial exploration of fact, superstition, old wives tales, arcane minutiae, hard science and folklore that all contribute to one of the world’s favorite pastimes – gardening! This unique approach to an admittedly vast body of knowledge is at once quirky, humorous, and esoteric while also respectful and considerate of accurate horticultural practices and nomenclature.
Dress Your Garden with Style & Personality
Discover ways to infuse your garden with distinctive detail and personal wit to create a space that is unique to you. Whether you cultivate a cottage-style plot, maintain clipped urban formality, or tend to a tiny terrace filled with containers, garden making can be a satisfying form of creative expression when you learn to insert your SELF into the mix, linking exterior and interior spaces together into a uniquely personal environment called home.
Using the Landscapes of our Past to Find our Way Home
What environment makes you happy; mountain, ocean, grassland or forest? Fondly recalled leafy childhood tree houses, sunny beach vacations and rugged mountain hikes become an adventurous starting point for creating a uniquely personal and satisfying garden space when you discover your personal landscape profile.