Alan Edmondson is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Solent's 'The Kitchen Garden' programme (Formerly 'The Good Life'), and an RHS listed speaker who has been lecturing on horticulture and garden design for over 30 years. He was 'National Mastermind of Gardening', appeared on BBC2's 'Gardeners' World' and represented Radio Oxford in BBC2's 'Grow-Biz Quiz'.
Alan is available to give the following lectures, all illustrated with a Powerpoint presentation (except where indicated):
- Primulas and Auriculas
This lecture lasts for about 1¼ hours and includes a general survey of vernales primulas (including traditional and gold laced), rockery and moisture loving primulas, and a historical and modern look at all classes of Auriculas.
- Gardening with Native Plants
This lecture lasts for about 1¼ hours and looks at native plants that are suitable for growing in the garden. It includes horticultural forms of native plants and discusses the use of such plants in all areas of the garden such as shrubberies, rockeries, bog gardens and borders.
- The Shady Garden
This lecture lasts for about 70 minutes. It discusses a wide range of plants that will thrive in the shade. Many of the slides have been taken in my own garden as it has been developed over the last five years.
- The Designer's Garden
This lecture lasts for about 1¼ hours and looks at many of the plants that influenced William Morris. It discusses the designs of Morris and the value of such plants in the garden and looks at interesting horticultural forms of these plants.
- The Influence of Arthur Bulley
This lecture lasts for about 1¼ hours and looks at the life of Bulley who was the founder of Ness gardens and Bees nursery. It discusses the work of the plant collectors he employed and looks at a range of garden plants that were introduced into this country.
- Gerard's Gardens
This lecture lasts for about 1¼ hours. It takes an imaginary look at plants that Gerard may well have grown in his garden and discusses their suitability, and that of more modern horticultural forms, for present day gardens.
- Gardening for Wildlife
This lecture lasts for about 1¼ hours and looks at features and plants that will attract wildlife into our gardens.
- The Florists' Flowers
This lecture lasts for about 1 hour and looks at the history of the auricula, gold-laced polyanthus, tulip, hyacinth, ranunculus, pink and carnation.
- Introduction to Botanical Latin
This lecture lasts for about 1 hour and takes a gentle look at botanical naming. No previous experience is required!
- Demonstration of Pruning
This demonstration of the pruning of shrubs and climbers is only available from September to December inclusive. It lasts for about 1 hour. (No slides).
- Question and Answer Evening
The evening starts with a humorous introduction concerning my route to BBC Radio Solent's 'The Kitchen Garden' programme (Formerly 'The Good Life'). This is followed by a 'Question and Answer' session on gardening topics. It lasts for about 1 hour. (No slides).
- The Answer Lies In The Soil
What makes the perfect soil and how can we achieve it? This talk lasts for about an hour and includes demonstrations but no slides.
- Attracting Birds to Your Garden
This lecture looks at nest sites, feeding and plants that are attractive to birds. It lasts for about 1 hour.
- Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
This lecture looks at how your choice of plants will affect the number of butterflies and moths visiting your garden. It lasts for about 1 hour.
- Beetles in the Garden: Friend or Foe?
This talk introduces beetles that you are quite likely to come across in the garden. But are they friend or foe? The talk lasts for about 1 hour.
- Old Roses
This talk looks at the development of various types of old rose. It concentrates on varieties that were recommended in a handbook of 1859 and are still available commercially today. It lasts for about 1 hour.
- Bibble Bugs and Cuckoo Spit
This talk is an introduction to a wide range of creepy-crawlies that are likely to be found in the garden. What do they do and are they a problem to us? It last for about an hour (NEW FOR 2018).
- Why Do Foxgloves Have No Smell?
A look at the causes of, and reasons for, fragrance in plants and suggestion as to what to include in a fragrant garden. It last for about an hour (NEW FOR 2018).