Gardening Talks Workshops - James Cox

Talks & Workshops

James has been giving talks to clubs and running workshops in the south west for a few years now.

'A Head Gardeners Story'

This has proved to be very popular talk with clubs as it tells the story of James’s gardening journey from a young age. During the talk we visit 4 gardens that James has trained at and been the Head Gardener for. Clubs get an insight into the projects he has been involved in at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Highgrove, The National Trust and the Yeo Valley Organic Garden. The stories behind the creation of the gardens are discussed and how a modern Head gardener works their way up the garden ladder ( excuse the pun )

'Creating The Yeo Valley Organic Garden'

A look at how this dynamic organic garden was designed built and planted. Beginning with pictures of the garden back in the 1960’s and looking at how each area of the garden has changed and evolved over the years. We discuss how its success story was created, highs and lows of opening a garden to the public and appearing in magazines and on television.

'Compost Corner'

Composting is something that James has been passionate about for many years – his techniques have been published in the Saturday Telegraph by Sarah Raven. The talk covers how to compost garden waste successfully - The right ingredients to put in, how to make potting mixes, making liquid feeds from comfrey and nettles, compost teas and leaf mould etc….

Some of the comments received from clubs ...

“A huge thank you for your presentation to the Bitton gardening club. It was brilliant, entertaining, informative and fast moving, I was not kidding when I said you get the star speaker award. Thank you so much.”
Bridget Hetzel – Bitton Gardening Club

“What a great talk ! Thank you so much – we really appreciate your fantastic experiences, work history and wonderful achievements. We send you best wishes for a continuing successful career and future."
Denys Cutmore – Probus secretary

“Just a small note to give you a big thank-you for your talk last Thursday evening. It was most interesting, stimulating and extremely well presented.
As a result you will be invited back to give your compost talk, in a few years time. We all hope that the Meads recognise what a great ambassador they have.”

Peter Owen – Winscombe Horticultural Society