I have been photographing gardens and plants on a freelance basis for many years. I distribute my work through the specialist horticultural image library GAP Photos . I am also happy to undertake commissioned garden photography, so please do get in touch if you would like to discuss a commission.
With interests in garden history and in that rather esoteric topic of what gardens are actually for, combined with a strong sense of connection to these spaces, I also use my images in a range of garden talks which feature gardens from many parts the world and where possible using gardens that people may not know well.
I also have a passion for travel, often to places somewhat off the well beaten track and always with a camera in my hands, and I offer a number of travelogue style talks too.
Based in the picturesque village of Offenham near Evesham in Worcestershire, with my other hat on I am the under-gardener at Langdale Garden , which my wife Sheila & I have developed since moving to Offenham in 2009.
The following talks with high quality images are offered:-
The history, design and symbolism of Persian / Islamic / Moghul style gardens using examples from Iran (Persia), Morocco, India, Spain and the UK.
A first dip into the whole fascinating and often humorous area of folklore & legends associated with plants, seasons and traditions. .
This talk sets the context for the development of the Renaissance garden in Italy, discusses the principle resources available to architects at that time including a short section on Villa Adriana in Tivoli, and then explores a number of great examples including The Boboli Garden, Villa d'Este, Villa Lante, Villa Gamberaia & Villa Garzoni, finishing with Villa I Tatti & Villa La Foce both created in the 20th century in the Renaissance style.
Through the Garden Gate features five gardens built around extraordinary and defining features – Kensington Roof Gardens in London, The Abbey Garden at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, Longstock Park Water Garden near Stockbridge in Hampshire, Kilver Court at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, and The Eden Project near St. Austell in Cornwall.
Four brilliant English gardens, one for each season to showcase the best of English gardens in that season, and a festival to finish.
A selection of exciting "off the beaten track" gardens in Cornwall.
Three fine gardens in the West Country - Marwood Hill Gardens in Devon, Mapperton Gardens in Dorset and Yeo Valley Organic Garden in Somerset.
Located in Wolverley on the outskirts of Kidderminster, this talk presents the changing face of Bodenham Arboretum through the seasons of the year.
This talk describes the development of our new Worcestershire garden from the day we moved into the house in June 2009 to the day we first opened it for the National Garden Scheme in August 2013, and its ongoing progress since then. The garden is open for pre-booked small group visits (12 per year) and under the National Garden Scheme (NGS / Yellow Book) with the money raised going to charities and good causes.
In this travel talk, images are used to relate experiences from many years travelling around countries in the southern part of the African continent – Zanzibar, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa.
A nostalgic look at Newlyn based on a walk around the historic parts of this fascinating fishing port in the far south west of Cornwall.
Landscapes, flowers and all things Greek taken from travels in the Greek Mainland and Islands over many years.
A visit to the island of Lundy situated off the north Devon coast reveals the simple pleasures it affords. This is a shorter talk of around 45 minutes.
Adrian is a regular & popular speaker to groups & societies throughout Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.
Generally the talks last approximately 60 minutes, but many can be tailored to suit specific timing requirements.
All own equipment is provided for the projection of images.
Talks can be done in person at your venue, or can be done online.
Please send me an enquiry if you would like one of my talks for your group.