Sally is available to talk on a number of topics from gardening to smallholding. Three of her most popular talks are: ‘The Resilient Garden’, ‘The Climate Change Garden’ and ‘Living on one acre or less’. Other topics include organic gardening, gardening for biodiversity, wildlife gardening, climate-friendly gardening, coping with floods and drought, creating a kitchen garden, understanding soil and composting, and peat-free gardening.
She aims to inspire and inform her audience, talking for about 50-60 minutes (or longer if required) followed by questions and answers. Her fee starts at £75 for local talks, with travel costs @40p/mile. She is happy to travel further afield.
Sally has spoken at a number of events including RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival, Toby Buckland Flower Festival, Permaculture Festival, Edible Gardening Show, River Cottage Festival, Royal Welsh Spring Festival as well as many gardening and smallholder groups. Sally and Empire Farm featured in Countryfile Spring Diaries in 2018. Sally was also a speaker at the Northwest Pacific Flower and Garden Show, Seattle in February 2023 and the Great Grow Along online festival in March along with her co-author Kim Stoddart.
Zoom talks – Sally has given a number of Zoom talks. Zoom is proving popular with many societies, especially in winter when a zoom meeting avoids the need to travel. It has allowed Sally to talk to groups much further afield, such as the Aberdeen Botanic Gardens Society, Elvaston Garden Soc and Gloucestershire Organic Gardens.
Visit the walled garden – Sally is happy to give tours of her garden. The garden is open one or two days in summer and by invitation to larger groups, such as garden clubs.
2 May Wambrook Garden Club nr Chard
4 May Brinkworth nr Malmesbury
5 May Wincanton
11 May Chinook Garden Club
20 May Hardy Perennial Society (Avon and Wilts Group) Chippenham, Wilts
3 July Mark Moor Garden Club
5 July Sandford Garden Club
19 July Mendip Garden Club
27 September Hardington Mandeville Garden Club
11 October Somerton Garden Club
12 October Stalbridge Garden Club
18 October Compton Bishop Garden Club
1 November Shepton Mallet
16 November Fontmell Garden Club
9 January Lydford
16 January Haselbury
27 January Newton Abbot
9 February Wanstrow nr Shepton Mallet
14 March Wells
20 March West Lavington
21 March Malmesbury U3A
2 April Marshfield, Wilts
15 April Fagus, Nailsea
17 April Codford, Wilts
2 May Teignmouth