Talks, Workshops, and Demonstrations
My presentations are crafted with a particular audience in mind, to spark new ideas, and inspire them to garden or arrange with more confidence and fun! From travel tours of gardens around the world to putting together a ‘Porch Pot’ in a materials inclusive workshop, I speak to audiences around the country. Garden Clubs, Civic organizations, Libraries, Horticulture, and Plant Shows, ‘Lunch & Learn’, Museums, Retirement Living Communities, have all been my audiences. I have even presented Beekeeping to a fascinated nursery school!
Talks & Demonstrations
In addition to gaining a greater appreciation for the natural world, you will learn how to transition your landscape into a wildlife friendly oasis by creating habitat that includes pollinator nutrition, larval host plants, nesting, sheltering, and overwintering of all kinds of wildlife. Informed ‘Garden Stewardship’ - picking the right native plants, methods of eliminating lawns and adding wild areas, use of permeable hardscaping, and composting - will improve the environment around you. Project ideas like pollinator islands, revamped foundation plantings, integrating meadows, citizen science, veggie friendly beneficials, tree and shrub plantings, and lawn alternatives, will be covered and everyone will go home with ‘Claire’s Pollinator Garden Plan’ to jumpstart their efforts.
I will introduce everyone to both hardy and non-hardy succulents and give out information on how to grow both kinds in containers and arrange with them in craft projects like decorated pumpkins for the fall. I will demo a decorated pumpkin and we can raffle it off to a lucky winner.
Concluding the slide presentation, I demonstrate either a fresh greens arrangement or a colonial wreath that would fit into any Williamsburg décor. I also bring examples of handmade decorations and a handout on Christmas decorating techniques.
Prices on all demonstrations, workshops, and talks depend on the topic, distance to travel, and size of the audience. My schedule fills up quickly, so please call or email early.
Thank you for your kind words...
Thank you for the wonderful presentation at our garden club this afternoon. I learned so much and all of the little tips that you provided were so valuable. I am very excited for our Flower Show and have the confidence to try an arrangement. I hope to attend another presentation in the future.
I attended your talk on ‘Decorating the White House’ at Cambridge Garden Club. It was a fascinating and informative presentation. Keep up the good work!
Claire gave a beautiful presentation on her volunteer work in the White House at Christmas. Lots of pictures, back stories, history, etc on the stunning decorations done each year at our White House - and every year the decorations are completely different, set to a new theme. Really incredible. Thanks Claire!