Topics, fees & expenses

    Chris Chadwell is available for day-time and evening bookings (including weekends) at any venue in the  UK  to deliver digital presentations, talks and lectures on a wide range of topics of horticultural and general interest. His style is informative and entertaining.
 
 Thirty years experience speaking to gardening clubs, horticultural societies,
national trust centres, natural history societies, U3A and many other groups around
the country, enable him to tailor presentations to each audience.

Chris has also undertaken four lecture tours in North America, one in New Zealand along with speaking engagements in France, Switzerland, Norway and India. 




Contact Chris Chadwell at:  chrischadwell261@btinternet.com

                FEED-BACK FROM PROGRAMME SECRETARIES OF CLUBS AND SOCIETIES CHRIS
                HAS RECENTLY GIVEN PRESENTATIONS TO:

"I have had very good feedback from members of our group, they really enjoyed your slides
and found the talk very interesting. We hope to see you again in the not too distant future"
(KASHMIR PRESENTATION to Hughenden Allotment and Garden Association, November 2014).

            "I just want to thank you very much indeed for the fascinating lecture you gave ... We were      
 all particularly impressed with the quality of the photography - especially
 the beauty of the flowers, whose appearance was totally unexpected"
(ALASKA PRESENTATION to Reading Centre, National Trust, February 2015)

An audience in West London having a cup-of-tea prior to a Chadwell presentation (December 2014)

An audience in Sheffield preparing to listen to a Chadwell lecture (June 2014)

Setting-up digital projector in Amersham (January 2015)


 

Chris provides his own lap-top and digital projector  (Photo: Kirsten Juergensen, Canada)


Fees + Travel Expenses

£75 for local talks (those Chris can return home from the same night by public transport)
£100 for talks requiring over-night stay (dependent upon train times)
           
PLUS TRAVEL EXPENSES

These will be in the form of either a return rail fare from Slough or perhaps
 National Express Coach from Heathrow (the cost will be no more and often MUCH less, than the amount charged for petrol by other speakers, such that the TOTAL can be less than for speakers charging higher fees!).  You can get an estimate by checking on National Rail Enquiries: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ as to the current Saver Return to your local station from Slough or on National Express: http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx  of the fare from Heathrow, to see if the total cost of booking Chris is likely to be within budget.




Main Titles

THE MAJORITY OF THE PRESENTATIONS BELOW CAN BE ADAPTED TO SUIT ANY AUDIENCE BUT I PARTICULARLY RECOMMEND 'Paradise on Earth: the beautiful flowers of Kashmir' if a programme secretary is seeking a recommendation, especially if it is to be the first occasion I will be speaking to a club or society. 
 
Exploring for plants 
'PARADISE ON EARTH': The Beautiful Wild Flowers of Kashmir
FLOWERS FROM 'THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH (Borderlands of Western Tibet)
LILIES, LAMAS and LEECHES (Nepal)
FLOWERS OF THE CASCADES (America's Pacific North-West)
MOUNTAIN FLOWERS OF ALASKA
 
Gardens and Garden Flower Topics
PLANT INTRODUCTIONS AT NATIONAL TRUST properties
GARDENS OF NEW YORK and NEW ENGLAND
GARDEN FLOWERS OF ALASKA and AMERICA'S PACIFIC NORTH-WEST

General Interest
MAGNIFICENT NEPAL: high peaks, temples, sacred monkeys & giant stinging nettles!
KASHMIR: 'Paradise on Earth'? - land of lotuses, wonderful shawls, exquisite papier mache & the world's greatest salesmen!
'LITTLE TIBET': monasteries, prayer flags, high altitude deserts & pashmina goats
WILD ALASKA: Glaciers, King Salmon, Mountain Flowers & Moose
TAKE BETTER TRAVEL PHOTOS

Photography Topics
TAKE BETTER PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN GARDENS AND WILD FLOWERS
 HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Natural History Topics
WILD FLOWERS OF BRITAIN
WILD ALASKA: Glaciers, King Salmon, Mountain Flowers and Moose
FLOWERS and BIRDS of LITTLE TIBET 
FASCINATING MOSSES and MAGICAL MUSHROOMS

Plant Identification
HOW TO IDENTIFY PLANTS IN THE WILD and GARDEN

Plant Conservation
CONSERVING HIMALAYAN PLANTS IN CULTIVATION
CONSERVING HIMALAYAN PLANTS IN THE WILD
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONSERVE THE WORLD'S RARE PLANTS?

Cultivation Topics
GROWING FROM SEED
GROWING HIMALAYAN HARDY PLANTS
GROWING HIMALAYAN ALPINES

For Alpine Garden Society Groups
ALPINES OF KASHMIR
ALPINES OF NEPAL
ALPINES OF 'LITTLE  TIBET'
ALPINES OF ALASKA
ALPINES OF THE CASCADES


 Known as the ‘Switzerland of the Himalaya’, Kashmir was considered by conquering Moghul Emperors to be a ‘Paradise on Earth’, boasting as it does, lakes adorned with fabulous lotuses (see above), luxuriant pine forests and colourful alpine meadows, set amongst snowy peaks - to which they added wonderful gardens and handicrafts of the finest quality. Chris visited Kashmir several times in the 1980s. He returned in 2012, after an absence of 23 years (due to serious unrest and high risk of kidnap by militants) securing his best ever set of images, enabling a fresh look into this beautiful but troubled land.
 
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The borderlands of Western Tibet may be a high-altitude desert but an extraordinary range of flowers (incl. the Tibetan Larkspur shown above) are to be found - if one knows where to look. Chris' recent explorations in connection with projects conserving plants utilised in Tibetan Medicine have resulted in a fine set of digital images of mountains, monasteries, local people and stunning flowers.  He combines this with an exceptional insight into the customs of those living in remote villages. 

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Pay a visit to the amazing temples in 'crazy' Kathmandu and trek amongst the world's highest highest mountain range in search of exquisite lilies, primulas and meconopsis - whilst trying to avoid the attention of troublesome leeches.  Learn about the religious beliefs of Nepalese people and the uses to which wild plants are put in their daily lives - such as the extraordinary caterpillar fungus which helped fund the maoist up-rising of recent times.  

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After a speaking engagement in Spokane, Washington State during his 2013 lecture tour in America's Pacific North-West, Chris was privileged to be escorted around the Eastern Cascades by Ron Ratko, the leading authority on the region's flora, who had gone to considerable lengths to ensure Chris would be able to admire and photograph colourful lupines, phlox and glacier lilies.

At the end of a lengthy lecture tour, Chris spent some time in Alaska.  Thanks to the generosity of various members of the Alaska Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, especially Verna Pratt, author of books of 'Wild Flowers of Alaska', he was taken up into the mountains to get a glimpse of this frontier state's wonderful spring/early summer flora - which despite a heavy winter had specimens flowering at their very best for decades (in Chris' honour of course). 

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 Discover and learn to appreciate the range of specimen trees, shrubs, climbers, herbaceous perennials (such as the peony shown above) and bulbs which grace Trust properties around the UK and learn how they got there. Chris is even related, albeit “unofficially”, to Sir Richard Acland, who in 1944, gave all his lands on the Killerton and Holnicote Estates, including picturesque Selworthy, to the National Trust
 

 During 2011 Chris undertook a lecture-tour in the Eastern USA during which he was privileged to visit a number of exceptional private gardens in New England and Michigan, few get the chance to see. He was also shown "behind-the-scenes" at major ones open to the public, such as the beautifully-maintained New York Botanical Garden. 

 Get a unique insight into public and private gardens along with specialist nurseries Chris got to see "behind-the-scenes" during his extensive 2013 lecture tour, covering Spokane; Seattle; Port Townsend (Far Reaches Farm); Vail, Colorado (The Betty Ford Alpine Garden); San Francisco (University of California at Berkeley Botanical Garden); Portland, Oregon; Vancouver Island, British Columbia; Juneau, Alaska (Jensen-Olsen Arboretum) and Anchorage, Alaska.


 Join Chris on a journey around Britain to see just what a rich variety of plants are to be found in woodlands, mountains, coasts and even amongst waste ground and rubbish tips! Information is provided about their uses, from culinary, through religious to medicinal, drawing upon experience undertaking botanical surveys for various nature conservation bodies.

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 Chris was taken up into the mountains and shown impressive glaciers on the Kenai Peninsula by members of the Alaska Rock Garden Society.  He was also treated to excursions by boat to fish
and admire the extraordinary scenery and wildlife in the Kachemak Bay by skipper Peter Garay
(whose day-job is as pilot to large commercial ships navigating these waters) 
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Chris combines colourful images of wild flowers taken recent visits to Ladakh with those of birds from his first time in the borderlands of Tibet during the University of Southampton Ladakh Expedition in 1980.  Chris was in charge of the botanical collections, whilst the majority of the team worked on ornithological projects.  A bird-ringing programme was undertaken on behalf of the
Bombay Natural History Society, allowing fine "bird-in-the-hand" shots  
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Chris introduces you to a fascinating world of 'lower' plants, which we often barely notice. On closer inspection, they turn out to be remarkably appealing to the eye.  Habitats rich in mosses suddenly appear like extraordinary forests - in miniature.  One just needs to take time and know how to look out for them and immerse yourself in a fresh, 'Lilipudlian' world!  In the case of mushrooms and toadstools, you need to know when and where to find them - so be inspired, after viewing this presentation, to join a local fungus foray.  Learn about the uses to which fungi and bryophytes can be put. Thanks to modern digital cameras, one can obtain delightful images.  For the mosses and liverworts, a modestly-priced hand lens is a useful initial starting point to examine their finer detail - taking a hand lens (attached to a cord around your neck) on every walk in the countryside is worthwhile, as it also allows you to view features of flowers you have been missing for years!

 
 CHRIS CAN PREPARE OTHER ONE-OFF PRESENTATIONS, SPECIFICALLY TO SUIT A PARTICULAR OCCASION OR SPECIALIST AUDIENCE.

CONTACT HIM TO SEE WHAT HE COULD OFFER.


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PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE AT A REDUCED RATE (only for local groups)




Chris Chadwell is willing to give two digital presentations: WILD FLOWERS of IVER and District (he covers trees, mushrooms and insects as well)  or THE CHADWELLS OF IVER and DISTRICT (he can adapt the content to cover local villages) to any interested local group or society - in return for a lift from his home (he does not drive) plus a donation to a charity of his choice (this could be in the form of a collection afterwards); his normal fee of £75 would not be charged. 

He is keen to share his enthusiasm for the flowers and natural history of the countryside close to where he lives and some of his late mother's extensive research and archive items about the history of his father's family and the local area.

For further details about the WILD FLOWERS of IVER (Buckinghamshire) and surrounding districts in East Berkshire see:

For further details about the CHADWELLS of IVER (Buckinghamshire) see:

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