A home-made nesting box made from a tin can and hollow plant stems fixed to a sunny wooden fence near some perennial stinging nettles (Urtica dioica).If you would like me to give an illustrated talk to your gardening club, group, society or organisation, please get in touch. I am also happy to join in with panel discussions, debates and events discussing subjects where gardening and wider environmental concerns often collide – such as why we need to end the use of peat in gardening.

Browsing my archive of published articles will give you a good idea of the kind of subject areas I’m interested in and which I’m either writing, or have previously written, about. Please get in touch should you have any special requests.

I usually charge a fee plus travel and, where necessary, accommodation expenses. These will vary depending on your location and the logistics of getting there (and back). My home and garden are in Conwy county, North Wales.

Perennial Aubrieta deltoidea forms low mounds of colourful spring flowers which provide a food source for insects.To maintain a lean ‘writer’s footprint’ and to try and ‘walk my gardening talk’, whenever possible I try to travel using public transport in preference to using a car (please bear this in mind if you want me to talk to a gathering of gardeners on a remote peninsula). Alternatively, it may be possible to give a ‘low footprint’ talk or join your discussion using Skype.

Composting worms will move into a bin like this, made from recycled plastic, but will become less active during winter cold snaps.

During 2016 I will be speaking about (and signing copies of) my new book Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to Their Identification, Use and Control.

Email john [at] earthfriendlygardener [dot] net



If you would prefer to contact me using the pen, ink and paper way, please email me for my postal address.