Talks and Workshops

Talks and workshops in 2023/4

Both Sally and Kim are experienced speakers and give talks at shows, festivals and other venues around the country and they also offer courses at their own venues.  2023 saw them talking in Seattle at the NW Garden Festival, taking part in the Great Grow Along virtual garden festival  as well as appearing on several radio shows across the United States.  Sally was a speaker at Toby Buckland’s Flower Festival at Powderham Castle while Kim gave a series of talks at RHS Wisley in September. They have also been interviewed by a number of podcast hosts including Green America (The Climate Change Garden), Reversing Climate Change (How to get your garden ready for climate change), the Cut Flower Podcast ( Embracing Climate-resilient Gardening), Tales from the Potting Bench (How climate change is affecting our whole garden), and Mike the Gardener (The Climate Change Garden).


Sally runs gardening and smallholder workshops in her walled garden at Empire Farm in Somerset. She is an experienced speaker and has given talks at number of events including RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival, Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival,  London Permaculture Festival,  Edible Gardening Show, River Cottage Festival, and the Royal Welsh Spring Festival. She gives talks to gardening clubs and smallholder groups,  large and small, on various topics including climate change in our gardens, coping with too much / too little water, organic gardening, creating healthy vegetable gardens and improving biodiversity in our growing spaces. She is happy to give talks and webinars via zoom

Talks in 2023/2024 booked to date include:

  • 21 September Yeo Valley Organic Garden  – September Specials
  • 23 September Dorset Hardy Perennial Society,  Wimborne
  • 27 September Hardington Mandeville Garden Club, Somerset
  • 11 October Somerton
  • 12 October Stalbridge
  • 18 October Compton Bishop nr Axbridge
  • 16 November Fontmell, Dorset
  • 9 January 2024 Lydford, Somerset
  • 14 March, Wells, Somerset
  • 20 March West Lavington Wilts
  • 2 April Marshfield, Wilts
  • 15 April Fagus Garden Club, Nailsea
  • 17 April Codford, Wilts
  • 2 May Teignmouth
  • 9 May Weston Garden Club, Bath
  • 29 May Old Sarum nr Salisbury

Many of these clubs allow non members to attend for a small charge.

Sally also hosts group visits to her garden in Somerset  so gardeners can see her climate climate approach in action



Kim is a highly experienced, engaging trainer running hands-on courses, talks and workshops for a wide range of audiences, including the RHS, Kate Humble’s Farm, Garden Organic, botanic gardens, social housing providers, teachers, foodbanks and more groups and businesses besides, around climate change, resilience, money saving and well being through edible gardening.  Kim also teaches from her training gardens in West Wales. For full details click here

The next course dates include:

  • 22nd September winter edibles – FULL

  • 13th October – Low cost, climate change savvy food growing for winterFew places left

  • 3rd November Polytunnel edibles over winter – few spaces left

  • 27th November winter edibles – FULL