Ray Broughton’s talk on “The Ups and Downs of Public Speaking”

gardeningOn Wednesday 9th April 2014 Ray Broughton came to the Beech Village Hall to talk on “The Ups and Downs of Public Speaking”.  There was a good turn out of more than 60 people and he entertained us well.

Ray, who lectured at  Sparsholt College for many years and now teaches staff and students at RHS Wisley and talked to us on “Judging Village Shows” at Sarah’s house in November, was most informative.  He is back to judge our Beech Village Show in the early autumn on 20 September 2014.

He started his talk with some gardening hints and illustrated his points with some helpful slides.  He was most informative with up to the latest information on horticulture science and talked about pruning, making compost, moss control and more topics.

Ray has very impressive qualifications – RHS Wisley Gardens Certificate (Honours); National Diploma in Horticulture (Distinction); Master of Horticulture RHS Stage 1; Certificate in Education; Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture; Licentiaship of the city and Guilds of London Institute.   He trained at Wisley gardens; has been teaching horticultural subjects for over 33 years; he is the senior RHS External Verifier for RHS;  and has been awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Horticulture in recognition of his services to Horticultural Education.

Ray can be reached by email.  He describes himself as an enthusiastic gardening author as well as a garden designer. He also looks after and opens his own garden at The Manor House, Stevington, north Bedfordshire welcoming Groups and the Public.  He offers group visitors Edible Flower Demonstrations. Please see website and lectures on the following topics –

Click here Gardeners’ helpful hints and tips for all the following topics listed:-

  • Pests and diseases in the garden
  • Topical tips and new ideas
  • Distinctive Container Gardening for Spring and Summer
  • Distinctive Container Gardening for Autumn and Winter
  • Planning and Planting the Winter Garden
  • Making the most of Clematis
  • Edible Flowers; tasty treats and the hidden larder

Afterwards we all had some wine and nibbles.

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