Talks and Lectures by Howard Drury D.H.E.(Hons)

Horticultural Broadcaster, Speaker, Lecturer, Writer, Adviser and Consultant

8 Bagnell Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B13 0SJ

Tel 0121-443-3212 Mobile 07710 038 467

Website email: -

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Are you looking for a top class Talk, Lecture or Demonstration – then please read on!

I try to make all my presentations both horticulturally accurate and at the same time being light hearted and entertaining. Slides are a thing of the past. My modern PowerPoint presentations allow more information to be displayed in addition to just pictures, making for more interesting approaches to subjects.  I also offer large screen video presentations with full stereo sound and my commentary on some of the places and gardens I have visited and recorded recently.  A full range of props is supplied including radio microphones, stereo PA system, digital projector and large screen (7ft) where necessary. All I ask for is a contact telephone number for the day of the talk, directions, (preferably postcode of venue!) close suitable parking and a 13amp socket!


I was born in Lincolnshire, started selling lettuces at 6, worked on local nurseries and trained at local Agricultural colleges before going on to Edinburgh Botanic Garden as a Student, leaving with honours and all but one of the top awards. I then moved to Birmingham, working for 20 years as a Horticultural Training Officer and working as researcher and presenter on Central TV’s Gardening Time for 611 episodes. Today I still write, run gardening clubs and give appearances throughout Britain in addition to giving horticultural advice and running gardening holidays around the world. I also run a computer business building and repairing systems. Today I use the latest computer, projection and audio technology to make my talks much more of an experience rather than just a lecture.


Walter Sharratt, Weston Flaveell Garden Society (Northamptonshire) Just a quick confirmation of the conversation I had with you at the end of your presentation last evening in Weston Favell.

As a retired Senior Commercial Business Manager in 3 x PLC’s and in my earlier career - a trainer in “Making Effective Presentations” it was so impressive last evening to experience and enjoy a “True Professional at Work”

I send huge compliments, thanks  and appreciation.

You have obviously invested in some high-tech equipment [which helps!] but your personal style, humour and attention to small [but so important] details was outstanding. Some examples being:-

# prior to starting, you carefully adjusting the portable screen to correct picture size and balancing the level

# your intro showing personalised topic title / date / occasion etc etc

# superb “themed music”  at the end - linking with earlier presentation content.

This made it one of the few outstanding presentations I have witnessed in recent years.  

Thank you so much for your talk in October, so many members came up to me at our last meeting thanking ME for the talk! The general opinion was that it was probably the best talk you have given us and the best talk we have ever had. Thank you once again Rosalie Thomas Highley and District Garden Club

That was a wonderful evening last night; I wish all our meetings were so entertaining! Alwyn Woolley, Kingston Bagpuize Garden Club

What a fantastic evening we had with you last night. Everyone was buzzing with it. Carol and I will be planning next year’s itinerary in the next couple of weeks so we wondered if you could send us your up to date list of talks. Angela Busfield Newcastle and District Garden Society

The Society has asked me to thank you for your excellent talk. You gave us advice that I have never read about in gardening magazines and books. You will be hearing from me again in the future. Diana Stephens Secretary Houldern Garden Society

Just wanted to say 'thank you' for an excellent evening. It was a very enjoyable evening and we had over 75 people there (more than for Nick Hamilton!) and everything worked like clockwork, makes it easier for the Chairperson, no doubt we will see you in the future. Sheila Wright Evington Garden Club

Many thanks for your excellent presentation last night.  Always so enjoyable with your combination of music which you manage to fit the scenery perfectly. I do hope we see you again soon at Welford Jan Stewart

The most professional speaker we have ever had and we have had some very good speakers over the years, as a past lecturer I know how much effort Howard puts into preparing and presenting his subjects for us from his vast array of topics. Phil Booth Chairman Breadsall Garden Club

Our group very much enjoyed your talk (Variegated Delights) last Friday. In addition to the subject matter we've had a lot of feedback saying how much people appreciated being able to hear every word you said. We've recently moved to the school venue as the acoustics were so awful in the last hall we used. However, despite the new place being better and probably because our ageing members cannot hear as well as we used to, your presentation stood out. Carol Jones, Secretary Nottingham branch of the Hardy Plant Society

On behalf of the Members of the Yarnton Gardening Club, can I thank you for the talk you gave last Thursday.  I know through talking to many of the Members that they thoroughly enjoyed it, with so many snippets of information being gleaned.  And you also backed up various thoughts about certain aspects of the trade that I have suggested to members over the years!!  One again many thanks for entertaining us.   Bruce Taylor Programme Secretary, Yarnton Gardening Club

Thanks again for such an interesting and useful presentation. One of these I will get up to Edinburgh to check out your alpine garden! Your talk (on alpines in the wild and cultivation) inspired me to have a go, and what is more important, John is quite keen to join me! Trish Harding, Secretary Tredding Gardening Club

Very many thanks for your excellent talk last evening. People really enjoyed it and spoke very positively about the evening. Your very helpful information, opinions and suggestions were well received and everyone will have gone away with practical ideas to help the wildlife in their gardens. Thank you too, for remaining behind at the end to answer questions. Margaret - Chairman of the Malvern Group of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Charges and Fees

These are based on a minimum charge for an audience of up to seventy five people and are then increased slightly on a sliding scale to a maximum for groups of two hundred or more. All charges are negotiable and subject to out of pocket expenses such as travelling. Talks booked from 2018 start at £80.00 plus expenses for groups of up to seventy-five people. Prices increase slightly for larger groups as larger screens and more equipment is employed. This is also seen as a fairer system rather than a flat rate. Some subjects include free fact sheets. In the event of illness etc., I operate within a circle of other competent horticultural lecturers to ensure you are never left without a speaker!


Bookings can be provisionally made by telephone, however please confirm any such bookings in writing as soon as possible. Email bookings are easy and very acceptable please use the form below to avoid spam mail you can also check on my website for the very latest on my talk subjects

List of subjects (a description of each talk can be found here)

 Cornwall - The Unknown Gardens

Ireland – Dublin and County Wicklow Gardens

Ireland - The Cork Garden Trail

Madeira the island, its gardens and people Presentation I

Madeira the island, its gardens and people Presentation II

New Zealand, the Islands, her plants, gardens and people - Presentation I

New Zealand, the Islands, her plants, gardens and people - Presentation II

Switzerland - Flower Hunting in the Bernese Oberland Presentation I

Switzerland - Flower Hunting in the Bernese Oberland Presentation V New 2013

Switzerland Davos down to the Italian Border, the flowers, scenery and stories

The Gardens of South West Scotland

The Great Gardens of East Anglia

The Great Gardens of Yorkshire

The above are all video presentations running around 80-90 minutes and are of fixed duration. Those below are all PowerPoint presentations and can be slightly adjusted to run around 65-90 minutes to suite the group

10 square foot vegetable gardening 

101 Ways to Do It (with or without sex) 

40 Years of Ashwood Specialities (now updated to 47 Years! 2015)

40 Years of Gardening Tips (the original tips! 2 versions) 

50 Years of Gardening Tips

50 of the very best gardening Tips

60 years of Gardening Tips

A Garden for All Seasons

A patch of grass or a beautiful lawn

A2Z of Houseplant Checks

After the rains and Snow - What next for the Gardener?

Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation

An Evening with Howard Drury

Any Colour but Green (New 2013)

Anything Silver - Examples of silver foliage plants and how to grow them (New 2013)

Are you exposed?

Ashwood Nurseries and their Salvia Collection

Ashwoods Lewisia Story

Auriculas, their Origins, Collecting, Showing and Breeding (Updated 2015)

Autumn into Winter

Autumn, Winter and Spring Colour in your garden

Balancing Wildlife with Gardening

Barking up the wrong tree

Be healthy grow your own fruit and vegetables

Being Bee Friendly

Berried Treasures

Brilliant without Flowers (New 2014)

Britain Under Threat

Bulbs for all the year round colour in the home and garden

Buttercups in our Gardens? (Updated and revised 2015)

Clematis - Queen of the Climbers

Climbing, Twining and other Wall Shrubs (Updated 2015)

Colour in Your Garden from Autumn until Spring

Colour in Your Garden from Winter into Spring

Container Gardening Throughout the Year

Desert island Disc

Digital photography in the garden

Encouraging Birds into Your Garden

Extending the Seasons

Friend or Foe, do you know? (Updated 2015)

Garden Design Ideas and Principles

Garden Design or a tour of some of Britain’s Great Gardens I

Garden Design or a tour of some of Britain’s Great Garden II

Garden Law what you can and cannot do and why

Gardening as we all get older

Gardening by the Moon

Gardening Facts and Feats Worth Considering

Gardening in Black

Gardening in small spaces

Gardening in the 21st Century

Gardening in the Future

Gardening, Computers and the Internet

Gardens worth Visiting

Gardens really worth a visit

Getting the Best Out Of Clay Soils

Geraniums and Pelargoniums

Getting the most from your greenhouse

Global Warming and Gardeners

Golden Treasures - Plants with Golden Foliage (New 2013)

Greenhouse and Conservatory Gardening in the 21st century

Ground Cover Gems

Growing Fruit in the 21st century

Growing Vegetables in the 21st Century

Hanging Baskets, Window Boxes, Containers & Pots

Hardy Cyclamen from the wild to garden and greenhouse

Hellebores from the Wild to Your Garden

Horticulture in the 21st Century

Hot Tips For Gardeners

House Plant Winter Survival Guide

House Plants throughout the year

How not to kill your House Plants (New 2013)

How safe is your Garden

Howard Drury – The Central Television Years (New 2013)

Howard Drury - The Early Years

Howard Drury - The Edinburgh Years

Howard Drury - The Later Years

Howard Drury - The Most Recent Years

Howard’s Gardeners Question Time

Howard’s Great Garden Quiz (Five different versions) (Updated 2015)

Howard’s Musical Gardening Quiz! With your questions answered in between.

Hydrangeas, species, cultivars and cultivation

John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries

Less Hardy But worth a Gamble

Life on the Lizard (in preparation)

Low Allergen Gardening

Making Autumn Colour Last Until Christmas

Making and Maintaining a Butterfly Garden

Making Gardening Easier (New 2013)

Making the most of Herbaceous

Making the most of Summer Bulbs (New 2013)

March into May

My Cottage Garden Story (Updated 2016)

My Famous Women Gardeners

My Plant Collections over the years

My worst Enimes

Organic or Not? both sides of the argument

Over-wintering less hardy plants inside and out

Pests, Diseases and Disorders

Plants for free!

Plants for Stunning Summer Displays

Plants that I have loved and lost

Plants that truly earn a place in the garden

Primulas in the Wild and in Cultivation (updated 2015)

Pruning - fundamentals to successful pruning around the garden

Pruning Are you a butcher or hairdresser? (New 2013)

Pruning a kind cut or butchery

Pruning Ornamentals by numbers

Sand Glorious Sand Growing tips and plants for sand

Security in Your Garden - Are you covered?

Shady Subjects Plants for shady situations

Slugs and Snails Some Amazing Facts and Feats

Solving problems the Organic way

Spring into Colour - Plants to provide colour in spring

Summer Glories

Summer Hanging Baskets Pots and Other Containers

Sustainable Gardening

The Ashwood Specialities

The Cottage Garden Story

The Damp Garden

The Flowers of the Bernese Oberland

The Fragrant Garden and its plants

The Ashwood Hepatica Story

The Great Plant Hunters

The Hepatica Story

The Idiots Guide to Pruning Ornamentals

The Modern Dry Garden

The Modern Vegetable Potager Garden

The Multi-Sensory Garden

The Peat Garden and its Plants (updated 2015)

The Secrets of Raising Plants From Seed

The Sun Lovers Plants for sunny situations

The Very Best Gardening Tips I

The Very Best Gardening Tips II

The Wider World of Evergreens

The Wildlife Garden, planning and maintaining

The Winter Colour Garden

The World of Genetically Modified Crops

They Shaped My Life

They shaped our Gardens, the horticultural characters that influence our gardens

Tips for Growing Fruit and Vegetables

To Maastricht and Back with a few Gardening Tips

Top Problems and Worries for the Gardener

Variegated Delights (Updated 2014)

Vegetable Growing in Confined Spaces

Vegetable Growing on a smaller scale

Weeds, Blooming Weeds

What is New!

Why Trees? Can we manage without them? (updated 2014)

Winter and Spring displays on Containers and Pots

Winter into Spring

Your Garden Month by Month

Please note: most subjects are currently available, however because of new products, plants, new information and changes in the law there will be some subjects unavailable due to being revised and updated. Some subjects are more suited to certain groups than others so please check with me before confirming a title that it suited to your group and will work at that time of the year.

To make a booking simply email me call me on 07710 038 467, use snail mail or one of my social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Messenger

© Howard Drury 14/02/2018 (Subject to continuous changes, please visit for latest list)



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