2022/23 Garden Talks


2022 and 2023



We don’t do afternoon talks because our nursery is open.

Note I do not do Zoom sorry.

GOLD MEDALIST RHS Tatton 2004, RHS Tatton 2006, Southport 2008


Address. Village Plants Nursery 7 Bosden Fold Road Hazel Grove Stockport SK7 4LQ

Tel 0161 456 9009

Email info@kevinpratt.co.uk

web site www.gardentalks.wordpress.com

You Tube channel searching for rare plants, or Village Plants Nursery

My Fee for 2022 and 2023 is now a flat rate for all clubs …. £120. with ADDED petrol at cost countrywide Guessing 45p per mile due to petrol cost. This price reflects the time spent on the road to and from the talk and the time spent on preparation and presentation.

My personal details ,

My name is Kevin Pratt. I’ve been a garden speaker for over thirty five years. With a number of keynote talks, Hardy Plant AGM (Twice) Leeds and Glasgow. Cottage Garden Society AGM Wales and more recently Stachyurus speech addressing the RHS Hardy Plant Committee Vincent Sq. London in 2011 and 5 days of lectures for the R.H.S. Tatton Flower Show 2017 and again in 2018.

I was Self employed a hands on gardener for 30 years but now own and run a rare plant nursery in Stockport. I have Two RHS GOLD medals, floral marquee 2004, 2006 and a Gold medal at Southport show 2008. I’m qualified in Horticulture with subjects studied, Soil science, Botany and Horticulture. I have written many articles and have a hard back book with David and Charles. “The gardeners guide to Fritillaries.” I am in the process of writing up “Stachyurus” “Alnus” and “Berberis” and I’ve held two national collections in the past, Fritillaria and Eucomis. I am also currently working with the RHS trials committee .

At my talks I always bring rare plants for sale, these are propagated in my small nursery. Village Plants Nursery was open to the public in July 2015.

I use my own digital projector and all of my talks are on a computer. However I do need a screen which I do not have.

Talks Currently available;

All Talks are digital. Each talk lasts about one hour. You can be assured I DO NOT talk over the one hour!


1. Rare and unusual and Pictorial Plants

A mix of unusual strange flowering plants and a few plants people may like try to grow. All the plants grow in my garden in Stockport. Arisaema, Helwingia, Fritillaria, Stachyurus, Lysionotus, Eucomis etc. Covering bulbs, climbers, herbaceous shrubs and trees.


2. The private plants and gardens of Cheshire (I am the only speaker in UK giving this talk.)

For 30 years I was a gardener for the Footballers and the millionaires in Hale and Alderly Edge, Cheshire. This is a rare look at the gardens you can’t visit. A look behind the electric gates. Some footballer’s and racing driver’s, gardens and one TV. celebrity chef, but certainly the very rich households. A nosy look at their Gardens, behind their private gates. (A light hearten look at the gardens that are strictly PRIVATE.)


3. Winter Talk. Don’t Go To Sleep During Winter.

My new written talk, new pictures and new subject. Winter plant colour. What you can be doing in winter and where to visit to see colour. Advice, plants and preparation.

4. Woody Plants That Merit Attention.

A new talk for 2019, a look at my favourite Woody plants. Many will catch out the Botanical, harden, experience hardy gardener. (Quite a statement.)


5. Specialist Genus Stachyurus

This was the key note talk I gave to the RHS Hardy Plant Committee in 2011. It covers the species of Stachyurus, cultivation and origin. A specialist talk but can be picked with another talk and made more general. I Try to have a few Stachyurus plants for sale on the day of the talk.

Our address.

Village Plants Nursery 7 Bosden Fold Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire. SK7 4LQ

One thought on “2022/23 Garden Talks

  1. Kevin, thank you so much for your fascinating, well-organised and well-illustrated talk to the East Yorkshire Hardy Plant Society group ‘s September meeting; everyone I spoke to afterwards had such positive comments, and said how much they had enjoyed it- so many new plants to consider as garden possibles! Thanks again. Lenore Greensides, chair

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