Cruise Ship Speakers

Gardens & Gardening
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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.

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.

John Hughes
PhD, member of an RHS plant committtee
Coming from: Orpington,  Kent  UK
From his earliest days John Hughes has always grown plants with his main passion being cacti and other succulent plants. His early career was as a Forensic Scientist which included a secondment to work in Peru where he fell in love with all things Latin and with South America in particular. He spent over three years there, often back-packing and looking to learn about all manner of plants from alpines to tropical plants. He loves to share his passion for plants and has been a frequent speaker to Horticultural Societies, Cactus Societies and Alpine Garden Society Groups and is Chairman of the London Group of the Alpine Garden Society.

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.

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
History, Gardening & Geography 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.