Cruise Ship Speakers

Gardens & Gardening
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Julie Bell
Gardening & Garden Landscaping
MHort. MSc.
Coming from: Lymington,  Hampshire  UK
Julie is an experienced horticultural practitioner in both the art and science of gardening. She has had her own design and maintenance business and has an extensive lecturing (in Horticulture) career. She is qualified, holding the Master of Horticulture award from Royal Horticultural Society. Julie also has many years practice at Chelsea Flower Show in the courtyard garden section.

Steve Brookes
Gardening Presenter, Broadcaster & Author
Dip. Hort (Pershore) / Gardening, BBC
Coming from: Stratford-upon-Avon,  Warwickshire  UK
Steve Brookes, a well know BBC Gardening Presenter & Journalist, is a fun and charismatic presenter. His enthusiastic approach and subtle humour blend with his extensive horticultural knowledge to make the subject rich and inspiring. His wealth of great gardening tips and ideas coupled with his humorous outlook and anecdotes on horticultural life make for entertaining talks.

Stefan Buczacki
Natural History & Gardening
BSc(Hons), DPhil(Oxon), DUniv, CBiol,FRSB,CHort,FCIHort,ARPS,VMM,FLS
Coming from: Stratford-upon-Avon,  Warwickshire  UK
Distinguished Speaker Professor Stefan Buczacki has been lecturing on cruise ships for nearly 30 years and says that of his many achievements as media gardening personality, internationally recognised scientist, naturalist and political biographer. Stefan is probably Britain's most experienced media gardening personality with a huge following of devoted fans who appreciate his knowledge, authority and easy, relaxed style of communicating.

Lesley Chamberlain
Horticulture & Garden Design
Coming from: Findon,  West Sussex  UK
Lesley has lived and gardened abroad in such diverse countries as Malaysia, Holland as well as America before finally returning to England in the 1980’s. Her one passion has always been in horticulture and after attending Agricultural College she gained her Royal Horticulture Certificate and progressed onto the City and Guilds Advanced Diploma in Garden Design & Landscaping. As well as lecturing to Horticultural Societies she continues to design both cottage and town gardens all over the south east of England. From a wide range of subjects from ‘Garden Design Made Simple’ to growing the fabulous plants and flowers of the Canary Islands at home, there is sure something to please everybody who loves gardens.

Brian Davis
Coming from: Newbury,  Berkshire  UK
For over fifty five years Brian's interest has been with gardening in all its many aspects. With now the desire to pass on all the wealth of knowledge to others who are interested and can benefit from it. Brian has been a regular cruise ship speaker helping passengers make their gardens and plants work the way they would wish.

Bill Devonshire
Gardens and Gardening Expert
Coming from: Rock, Alnwick,  Northumberland  UK
Bill a retired horticultural lecturer spent his early years in Oxfordshire, retiring to Northumberland. On arrival in Northumberland he found that the Duchess Northumberland who was creating the Alnwick Garden was asking for volunteers for numerous tasks. Bill volunteered to become a guest speaker to clubs and societies with a presentation on the new Alnwick Garden. After several years and just over a hundred presentations given, Bill looked for fresh pastures, when "Gems of British Gardens" was founded. In each of his talks he visits six to ten gardens either of an area or a theme and tailors each to suit the cruise.

David Fitton MBE
Gardening & Horticulture
FCI.HORT., Dip. HORT. (Wisley) HONS
Coming from: Newhaven,  Sussex  UK
David's long career in Horticulture started in 1962 as an Apprentice Gardener with Blackpool Parks Department, Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley in Surrey, Horticulture lecturer at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, and then Head of Horticulture at Plumpton College in East Sussex. In 1995 he set up a comprehensive Garden Advisory Service offering a garden planning and horticultural consultancy. David talks on his love of plants, flowers and gardening.

Tracy Foster
Garden Design & Horticulture
MSGD, Dip GD(Inst GD), BSc
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Chlesea Gold Medal Winning Garden Designer Tracy Foster is a lively and knowledgeable garden speaker whose enthusiasm about plants and gardening is infectious. Gardening has been a lifelong passion, with a childhood fascination with plants eventually leading on to a degree in Plant Biology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. In addition to her listed talks, she will adapt talks or write new ones to suit the audience and itinerary.

Vincent Gradwell
Dip Hort [Wisley] Hons., DMS
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Vince started gardening when only a child and has continued throughout his lifetime. He followed a career of Management of Public Parks and Gardens throughout England, after completing his Horticultural Diploma course at RHS Wisley Gardens in the late 60s. A lifelong lover of plants of all types, he enjoys travelling and photographing plants around the world. Vince regularly talks to Horticultural Groups and associations, is a tour leader of specialist garden holidays throughout the world and is a judge for the South and South East in Bloom regional competition.

Stephen Head
Garden Wildlife & Natural History
Coming from: Cholsey,  Oxfordshire  UK
Stephen Head’s Cambridge PhD was on Red Sea coral reefs. He then taught zoology, marine science and ecology at Oxford University, and universities in Jamaica, and Oman, revelling in the natural history of different continents. Returning to the UK to lead conservation charities, Steve now runs the National Wildlife Gardening Forum, and lectures and writes for the RHS. He has appeared with Monty Don, Carol Klein, Bill Bailey and Sarah Raven on TV garden shows and his talks are full of passion and humour. Steve led a group that won Gold and “Best in Show” in 2010 for a Chelsea Show Garden.

Caroline Holmes
Garden Historian
Coming from: Bury St Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide. She is also an international lecturer in the warmth and comfort of halls and houses as well as leading groups through inspiring sites and gardens. Not forgetting author, broadcaster and consultant designer … in all I delve into the myriad ways people and plants have historically shaped landscapes and what we can learn from them.

Colin Jones
Gardens and Plants of the World
Coming from: Purley,  Surrey  UK
For 35 years Colin worked as a film editor and director wth B.B.C Television specialising in travel and science documentaries. Upon retirement he enrolled at Merrist Woood College in Surrey to study for the R.H.S Diploma in Horticulture. Dusted off his camera and set off to travel the world and photograph it's greatest gardens. He is Chairman of Sanderstead Horticultural Society, a Flower Show judge for Surrey. Colin is also a member of the team that has won three consecutive Gold Medals at the last three Chelsea Flower Shows for auriculars. His talks on Gardening & Horticulture are entertaining, informative and educating.

Joanne Kidd
History of Gardens and Garden Design
Coming from: Longwick,  Bucks  UK
Joanne is a an accredited NADFAS lecturer and nationally and internationally acknowledged expert in the history and development of gardens and garden design, from Ancient Egypt to the modern day. Her body of lectures reflects the depth and diversity of her knowledge, encompassing not only specific gardens and garden designers, but also the defining styles across eras and continents. They also reflect her passion for the art, social and general history of these fascinating civilisations and their times.

Stephen Lovell
Gardening Expert & Natural Historian
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
A change in career some 25 years ago saw Steve qualify in Amenity Horticulture. Since that time he has had his own business creating and managing gardens which are both practical and sustainable with the emphasis to create gardens which encourage wildlife. 20 plus years ago Steve started giving talks to local groups, since that time his list of lectures has expanded and he is now travelling throughout Britain talking to a wide range of groups on Horticulture, Travel and his passion for Natural History. With over 50 talks now on his list he delivers his presentations using his own images with enthusiasm, humour and knowledge.

Janette Merilion
Horticulture, Garden History and Design
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Janette is a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a successful garden design business based in central Lincolnshire. After a career in marketing on the south coast of England, she returned to her roots, attending De Montfort University to study horticulture and garden design. Janette has had a love affair with plants all of her life. She is a talented, innovative designer, who not only provides inspiration and practical advice, but is now making a considerable name for herself as a professional speaker. She is a registered speaker of the Royal Horticultural Society and her list of talks ranges from seasonal flowers to garden design through the ages.

Adam Pasco
Gardening & Gardens
Coming from: Peterborough,    UK
Adam has been a leading gardening journalist in the UK for over 30 years, successfully launching and editing BBC Gardeners' World Magazine for 22 of these. He now works from his own media company as a writer, lecturer, and consultant to clients in the gardening industry. Adam has worked across all areas of the gardening media including national TV, radio and newspapers, books, multimedia, digital online and tablet formats, and live events. As an experienced lecturer, Adam has a wonderful selection of highly illustrated, informative and entertaining talks on gardening.

Tim Penrose
Coming from: Sticklepath,  Devon  UK
From a 20 year history of award winning eating establishments Tim Penrose came to the world of horticulture via his family in Devon. In 2004, Tim and his wife Ruth took over the family business and expanded to incorporate an award winning fern nursery and a bamboo specialist. In their ownership Bowdens now boast 126 RHS Gold Medals including 36 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals and have previously held a Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince Of Wales for 8 years. Tim's talks include horticulture and gardening topics.

Sandy Primrose
Coming from: High Wycombe,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the half-acre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs. Over the years he has shown many groups round his garden and when he does so he tells them the stories behind the plants that he grows. These stories, and his experiences in industry, form the basis of his entertaining cruise lectures that cover topics in gardening, uses of plants, plant history and plant conservation.

Danny Wells
Architecture & Garden History
Breathing Life into History
Coming from: Ashbourne,  Derbyshire  UK
Danny celebrates the history of Victorian and early 20th century Britain, an age of great dynamism, change and contrasts. He is a qualified history teacher and has an MA in Architectural History from Keele University. Born and bred in the East End of London, this has been the inspiration for much of his historical research and writing. Danny set up ‘Breathing Life into History’ in 2004 which now offers over 25 talks about “unlocking the past”, discovering, stimulating and creating a greater understanding of architecture, art, local history, literary heritage and social history.

Stefan White
Destination, Port & Enrichment Speaker
Gardening, Golf & Wine Expert
Coming from: Hurley,  Berkshire  UK
Stefan White is a young-at-heart and healthy Englishman, married and recently retired from a successful entrepreneurial business career. Having been appointed Enrichment Speaker by 3 different cruise companies, in 2009 he attended a course organised by The P&R Agency on becoming a Destination and Port Lecturer which he passed with distinction. He has a passion for golf, wine, gardening and travel and, in addition to his Destination and Port talks, he has developed a wide portfolio of varied, amusing and informative Enrichment talks, which he is happy to offer on sea days.

David Winpenny
Architectural & Garden Historian and Writer
Coming from: Ripon,  North Yorkshire  UK
David graduated in English at the University of Birmingham and has worked as a teacher and as a campaign co-ordinator and press officer for both central and local government. He now runs his own business as a writer, public relations consultant and lecturer. He is an accredited NADFAS lecturer. His fascination with architectural and garden history has always encompassed the odder and quirkier aspects – his recent book ‘Up to a Point’ is about pyramids from the 17th to the 21st century in Britain and Ireland.