Talks, tours and workshops

Talks, tours and workshops

Upcoming opportunities to hear more about some of the plants featured in ‘Molecules, Medicines and Mischief’ and ‘The Plants of Dr Bach’ and their stories and to look at the plants in the Botanic Garden.

Tuesday 8th February, 2022: Houghton Conquest Garden Club, Village Hall, High Street, Houghton Conquest, MK45 3LL; 8 pm (TT)

Wednesday 9th February 2022: Girton Garden Society; William Collyn Community Centre, Girton; 7.30 pm (TT)

Tuesday 15th February 2022: Swaffham Prior Village Gardeners; Village Hall, 8pm (Bach Flowers)

Wednesday 9th March 2022: Newmarket Evening WI; Methodist Church, Newmarket, 7.30 PM (PD)

Tuesday 12th April 2022: Cringleford and Eaton Horticultural Society, 7.30 pm (PP)

Saturday 23 April 2022: Cambridge Botanic Garden workshop; 10am-1pm; Aromatherapy plants: the smell of good health, in-person classroom course. For more information and to book, go to:

Monday 20th June 2022:  Eastcotts WI, Shortstown Village Hall, 7.45 pm (Bach flower remedy workshop)

Wednesday 20th July 2022: Cornards and Chilton Horticultural Society, Stevenson Centre, Broom Street, Great Cornard, Sudbury; 7.30 pm (TT)

Monday 1st August 2022: Hartest & District Gardening Club; 7.30 pm (PP)

Thursday 22 September 2022: Cambridge Botanic Garden online course; 10am-1pm; Plant muses: artists’ use of plants. For more information and to book, go to

Wednesday 1st February 2023: Girton WI, William Collyn Hall, Wellbrook Way, Girton CB3 0GP; 7.30 pm (FF)

Thursday 9th February 2023: Stapleford Horticultural Society, Johnson Hall, Stapleford; 7.45 pm (TT)

Wednesday 21st February 2023: Fen Ditton Garden Club, Fen Ditton Village Hall, 7.30 pm (PP)

Available talks:

People and Plants: Molecules, Medicines and Mischief (some uses and abuses of a selection of plants) (PP)

Incredible Edible (and Drinkable) Plants (a selection of plants used in food and drinks and their useful properties) (FF) (WA)

Twelve Tremendous Trees (Our relationship with twelve well-known trees) (TT) (WA)

The Plants of Dr Bach: Remedies and More! (an introduction to the Flower Remedies and some of the plants used to make them) (BP)

Plants to Drugs (drug development from plant-sourced compounds – past and future) (PD)

Chemical Warfare (and Co-operation) in the Garden (how plants interact with the world around them) (CW) (WA)

Medieval Medicinal Plants: Miasmas, Monks and Mandrake (medieval medicine and the plants it used) (MP)(WA)

Secrets of the Bach Flower Remedy Plants (available as a full-day or two half-day workshops on the plants used to make the Bach flower remedies) (WA)

All talks can be either 45 or 60 minutes, as required.  Longer workshops also also available on request for talks with (WA).

Coming soon (mid-2022): Aromatherapy Plants: The Scent of Good Health

(Autumn 2022) Plant Muses: Plants in art

Walks:  Photos from the Cambridge Science Festival 2017, courtesy of Mo Sibbons. Although I appear to be ‘talking to the trees’, there were also other people there but out of shot!


Laburnum looks like a serious topic!

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