Talk and Demos

We offer a range of talks and demonstrations that we deliver off-site to groups such as garden clubs, WIs, U3A groups etc.

The talks are delivered by Jane and Dave Newman. Some are delivered by one of us and some by us both. We are both experienced horticulturalists and teachers and Jane is also an experienced florist and flower arranger.

The Talks we currently offer are:

This Month/Season in the Garden: A talk relevant to the time of year about plants looking good and jobs to do.

Composting: Making and using garden and other types of compost and natural feeds.

The Sage View of Organic Growing: Practical application of organic growing methods.

Small Scale Food Production: Ideas for growing vegetables and fruit in small spaces for those who are new to growing or are having to scale down.

Life in the Victorian Garden: The people, plants and methods used in Victorian gardens.

The Post-War Garden Boom: The innovations from the 1940’s onwards that enabled the British gardens that we have today to develop.

Ericaceous plants: The types and growing methods of ericaceous garden plants.

Climbers: The types and growing methods of ornamental climbing plants.

Helpful plants: Plants with medicinal, culinary and other uses.

Peas, Clover, Liquorice and their cousins: The wide range of plants in the legume group and their various uses.

Propagation: Talks about the various methods of propagation; from seed, cuttings, layering, splitting etc. tailored to the group’s interests.

Wildlife Gardening: Plants and techniques that can be used to encourage native wildlife into the garden.

Waterwise Gardening: Gardening when the water is scarce.

Flowers from the garden: Demonstration and talk on growing and arranging flowers from the garden matched to the time of year. In conjunction with a demonstration by Jane.

My Floral Journey: Demonstration and talk about Jane’s life and work with flowers.

The Herb Experience and Table-Top Activities: Activities for Care-Home residents and other groups.


General information

We are able to travel about 40 miles from Lincoln to your venue but can also deliver the talks at our Friendly Garden at The Lodge, Eagle Hall, LN6 9HZ.

Our fees vary according to the funding we have available and materials required so if you would like to book a talk from the list please contact us for details, prices and availability.

We are always looking for new ideas for talks so if your members have a particular subject they would like to hear about let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

We bring a laptop, projector, and a screen if required.

We aim to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the meeting to allow time to set up.

We aim to make contact about 7 days before the event to check everything is OK and answer any other questions.

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The Lodge

Eagle Hall



Office Address

45 Helsby Road

07707 325 016

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