Event Speakers

The inspiring talks will be given by local and nationally recognized speakers and will cover a wide range of topics. Please mouse over the images of the speakers to view their profile.

Joe Swift

Joe has been gardening since he left school and is a fully trained garden designer. He has been one of the main presenters on BBC2's flagship gardening show 'Gardeners World' since 1998 and also regularly appears in the BBC's coverage of RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World Live and Tatton Park Flower shows. Over the years Joe has fronted Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens, Garden Makers and Garden Invaders. Joe has designed many gardens for TV, including one for Comic Relief, many for Gardeners World & all of the Alan Titchmarsh's 'How to be a Gardener 2' series. He is also a co-founder of Modular Garden- a garden design and build brand. Jo will be one of our televised show presenters as well as one of the judges of our show gardens.


Celebrity Garden Designer
Pippa Greenwood

A trained botanist and specialist in crop protection. Pippa was a regular presenter on the BBC's Gardener's World, often from her own organic kitchen garden in Hampshire. She has also presented on UKTV's Garden Challenge.

Pippa is a regular panellist on Radio 4's Gardeners Question Time and has presented her own series of radio programmes called Pippa's Pests.

Pippa regularly writes for BBC Gardener's World and Amateur Gardening Magazine and hosts gardening talks and Q & A Sessions.


Botanist / TV Presenter

James Alexander-Sinclair has been designing gardens for over 20 years from the Western Isles to the outskirts of Moscow. He is an RHS gardens Judge and Chairman of the Judging Panel at the Moscow Flower Show. In 2011 he was elected to the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society. In his spare time he has written articles for many publications including Gardens Illustrated, The Garden, House and Garden, The Guardian, SAGA Magazine, The Times, Country Living, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Homes and Gardens, Coast, Period Living and the Financial Times. He was a Finalist for Garden Journalist of the Year 2010. James will be one of our televised show presenters as well as one of the judges of our show gardens.


Professional Garden Designer
David Domoney

David Domoney is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture and a TV gardening personality best known for presenting on ITV1’s "Love Your Garden" series, with Alan Titchmarsh. David is the weekly garden columnist for the national Sunday People newspaper. His seed & bulb range is stocked exclusively by John Lewis, his garden furniture range & paving is in most UK garden Centre chains, DIY retailers and merchants. He has won over 30 RHS Medals/Best in Category trophies for Garden Design, Floral Exhibits and Discovery & Science displays exhibiting at the RHS flower shows including Chelsea & Hampton Court. David encourages new gardeners with his campaign "Cultivation Street". Visit David’s website Stay up-to-date with David on @daviddomoney and


Columnist / TV Presenter

James Wong

James is an ethnobotanist - in simple terms he is a scientist who studies how people use plants. From incredible edibles to medicinal marvels, how harnessing the power of plants could help overcome civilizations great threats and lessons to be learnt from the diet of stone age man, James sees plants as much more that greenery for your garden. James has appeared on Gardeners’ World, The Chelsea Flower Show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and BBC Breakfast.  James is also a RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning garden designer. James will be giving talks and helping present our televised show.


Ethnobotanist and Celebrity Garden Designer
Charlie Dimmock

Charlie is one of Britain's best known and best loved gardeners, specialising in water features. Having first come to the nation's attention on BBC1's incredibly popular Ground Force filmed both here and in the US, Charlie has gone on to present amongst other things, Cheer for Charlie, Charlie and the Duchess, Garden Invaders and Chelsea Flower Show, for the BBC. Her books include Enjoy Your Garden and Container Gardening. Charlie will be giving talks and helping present our televised show.


Celebrity Garden Designer
Tommy Walsh

Tommy got involved in the hugely popular television show, Ground Force whilst he was doing private building work for the executive producer, she invited him for a screen test and the rest is history. Ground Force has gone from strength to strength including huge success in America. He has also presented several DIY shows for Discovery: DIY Survival, Challenge Tommy and Ultimate Workshop. Other credits include presenting BBC's Death by Gardening. Since 2007 Tommy has been the face of Discovery Real Time filming Tommy Walsh's Eco House, Tommy's Fix your House for Free and Fix it Yourself. Tommy will be giving talks and helping present our televised show.


Celebrity DIY presenter
Sarah Jane Humphreys

Sarah Jane Humphrey was the first female Scientific and Natural History Illustrator to be represented by the Wildlife Art Company, which was the world's largest stock agency of it's kind. Most recently, she has been presenting lectures and Artworks for the Royal Horticultural Society


Natural History Illustrator

Kevin G Scales

Professional landscaper, plantsman and garden designer.

Gold Medal Winner RHS Hampton Court 2013

I have had a lifelong passion for plants particularly the exotic and architectural and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of gardening without too much thought for pre-conceived ideas.

In 2007 my interest became my full time career carrying out projects ranging from; garden renovation for a leading privately owned hotel, modern apartment landscaping and the recreation of a Victorian garden. At the same time I developed our own garden from a blank ½ acre of desolation to opening up for the NGS after just 3 years.

2013 was truly gold-edged with the ultimate accolade of entering and winning a gold medal, at the first attempt, for a garden design called ‘Don’t be afraid of Big Leaves and Monsters’. My garden in North Norfolk, along with my winning installation, were featured extensively by the BBC.

My latest challenge is our house and 10 acre garden in central Portugal recently featured on ‘Escape to the Continent’..


Professional Landscaper, Plantsman and Garden Designer
Lorraine Cavanagh

Lorraine Cavanagh owns the specialist garden centre Viveros Florena, Cómpeta, Málaga, Spain (garden centre, designers & landscapers) and is author of the best-selling Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, The Zest of Life.

Tel: (0034) 689928201
Shop on-line with us for unusual plants, plug plants, scented roses, bulbs, organic products and my books. Join our mailing list to stay in touch.


Landscape Designer and Garden Centre Owner
>Lara Silaghi

Lara Silaghi's passion for wine was born in Atlanta,Georgia. Her studies led her to complete the Advanced Certification from The Wine and Spirit Education Trust and then she began teaching WSET intensive courses as well as courses offered through Emory University's continuing education program. She then worked for several wine stores and grocery's as a wine buyer including a stint at Whole Foods Market. She now lives with her husband, their American cats, and Spanish Mastin in the Axarquia in Andalucia, Spain. She splits her time between her garden,writing and hosting wine tastings for clients and charity groups.


Author, Garden Enthusiast and Sommelier
Sarah Hendrickx

My partner, Keith and I arrived in the Eastern Algarve hills of Portugal in 2015 to take up residence in a small traditional cottage with 1200m sq of rural land with a few inherited and neglected fruit trees. Armed with zero horticultural knowledge, two quite different approaches to life and an insatiable desire for an unhurried life, we are making it all up as we go along. Aside from wrestling geckos, I am an autism specialist, speaker and author working both remotely and intermittently in the UK and overseas. Keith was a Software Engineer but now runs the admin side of my business, drinks a lot of tea and talks to the geckos. In a former life I was UK Editor for a worldwide travel guide website, columnist and restaurant reviewer, stand up comedian, lorry driver and cookery book author amongst many other things. I blog about our Portuguese life, cycling and food at


Author, Garden Enthusiast & Stand Up Comedian

Stephen Harmer

Stephen Harmer has a Masters Degree in Garden History and teaches garden history for the RHS at Wisley and Hadlow College in Kent. His book La Chaire (The story of Jersey's Lost Garden) can be bought from Amazon.


RHS Garden History Teacher
Jan Miller-Klein

Jan has published many articles in national and local magazines and newspapers in the UK.and is the author of ‘Gardening for Butterflies, Bees and other beneficial insects’ which has received wide acclaim. She has given interviews on television and radio in the UK, and given papers at international conferences.

Jan’s garden designs in public parks have won Britain in Bloom amongst other awards. She is a Trustee and conference organiser for the Wildlife Gardening Forum, member of the North Wales Wildlife Trust Conservation Committee, and of the Welsh Government Pollinator Taskforce. She holds the NCCPG National Collection of Eupatorium. website .


Writer & Garden Designer
John Elliot

John Elliot was born in 'The Valleys' of South Wales, but moved to Pembrokeshire at the age of five. A man who can pretty much design anything with his hands, he gained recognition throughout Wales and beyond as a cast iron sculptor and has a full sized figure at the entrance of Carmarthen Art College, amongst other pieces throughout Europe.

His other talent is the art of dry stone walling and can meticulously create walls, arches and borders using just soil and stone and imagination.


Cast Iron Sculptor
& Dry Stone Wall Specialist
Alexis Strong

Alexis Strong began working in clay in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1994. Her pieces are hand-built, stoneware vessels, and have been represented in galleries in Santa Fe, Taos, Seattle, & in CA, VT, CT and sold to buyers from the USA, Europe & Japan.

Alexis moved to Tavira, Portugal in March, 2014 to be with family, and will continue making stoneware vessels, as well as designing clothes, jewelry & accessories.

Clay Works & Designs in fabric & jewelry ~ from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the beautiful, historical city of Tavira in the Algarve, Portugal.


Clay Artist & Sculptor

Chris Baines

For the last five years Christopher Bain has fused the worlds of forestry and art by creating unique sculptures through carving with a chainsaw.

Born in 1963 in Portsmouth, England – a place known more for its links to the sea rather than trees – he found work in forestry at the age of 16 and worked for a number of years as a chainsaw trainer and assessor.

In 2010 he set out to explore his creative side and began carving timber with his chainsaw.

Since then he has created sculptures from wildlife to figurative, mythical to abstract and has taken on a number of commissions for wildlife parks schools councils and private individuals.


Chainsaw Sculptor
Michelle Castles

Michelle Castles has been making sculpture with wire mesh since graduating from the University of Sunderland in 1998. She was selected that year for Britain’s New Contemporaries, from which her career began.

In her final year at University, she came across steel weld mesh quite by chance and found that she had a real affinity with it. She finds the wire to be a perfect medium to express her passion for the human form.

As a professional sculptor living in rural Cumbria, Michelle’s reputation for dynamic figures has spread nationally and internationally. She has devoted her life to her art, and makes sculptures for private, corporate and public clients to commission as well as exhibiting widely.


Professional Sculptor
Steve Andrews

Steve Andrews was born in Cardiff, Wales, but has since lived in Tenerife and is now based in Portugal. An author, journalist, public speaker, singer-songwriter, poet and naturalist, he has worked as a TV presenter too.

He is also known as the Bard of Ely, a title he was given by Big Issue magazine when he was a columnist for the publication, and as Green Bard or Green Beard, because he often sports a green goatee. He first dyed it that colour for his appearance as an MC and performer at the Green Man Festival.


The Bard of Ely
Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds founded in 2004 as a blog of his illicit cultivation of neglected public land around Elephant and Castle London, inadvertently rebooting a loose global movement that has its origins in 17th century radicalism and 1970s New York urban renewal. Richard is experienced in planting in conditions that can't rely on the security or convenience that comes from tending a domestic garden. After more than a decade Richard continues to tend many of these spaces and although he's lost a few to London's recent road widening projects he has also had some legitimised too and even a Royal endorsement. He regularly speaks to audiences on the subject, sharing his experiences and the tales of the many guerrilla gardeners he's met across the world.


Guerrilla Gardener


Specialist in plant invasions. Elizabete is a biologist working with invasive plants since 2003, being interested in invasive plant management and nature conservation. Her research has focused in interaction networks and biological control in the context of plant invasions, and also in impacts of invasive plants and soil ecology.

Additionally, she works with public awareness and training about invasive plants.

She has published articles and books not only scientific but also for the general public trying to raise awareness about invasive plants countrywide.

Elizabete will be giving talks in both Portuguese and English


Invasive Plant Biologist