Talks, Lectures & Design Services

For Talks enquiries only, please use the link here to email Peter. 
For many years we at Thorncroft have given talks to local garden clubs and horticultural societies. This began with Ruth together with her late mother, Dorothy and together they visited most village halls in Norfolk and a good few further afield too!

Introducing Peter Skeggs-Gooch - Public Speaker and expert on Clematis plants.Peter Skeggs-Gooch - Public Speaker and expert on Clematis plants.
I am owner and director at Thorncroft Clematis and the third generation in the business.

Having grown up living at the nursery, I have been surrounded by clematis since the age of 5 and have established an intimate knowledge of the genus. I've been giving talks and lectures for over a decade and have travelled widely showing my collection of wonderful images of clematis to groups, societies and collages all over the UK.

I've received many compliments for talks and the photographs and I am very proud to speak for some of the countries leading horticultural organisations including the English Garden School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London.

There are a variety of talks that I give and I can of course tailor make a talk if you have a specific area of clematis that you would like me to cover.

If you would like to make an enquiry or book a talk for your club, please e-mail me using the link below. Due to the seasonal demands on my time, my talk season runs from September to the end of March each year.

All my talks are illustrated, I like to keep them casual and to make them entertaining as well, so I will keep you all interested right to the end.
No booking is too large or too small and distance is of no concern for me either, so do please get in touch and I can give you a quote.  Please note: Mileage is charged from my home address in Norfolk not the nursery location.

For Talks enquiries only, please use the link here to email Peter. 

Available Talks:
Clematis for Every Season
– A good general talk based on what you can have in flower throughout the calendar year.
Different Ways with Clematis – Looking at the many different types of clematis and how they can be used in the garden.
Planting, Pruning & Care – Planting, Pruning and Care!
A Complete Guide to Clematis – A combination of all three above!
The Road to Gold – A trip through the history of Thorncroft’s journey of horticultural exhibition. From the early days through to Chelsea Gold.
For most talks I provide a printed slide list for each person, which includes the names of all the clematis you will see during the talk. This saves trying to write in the half dark! For Planting, Pruning & Care a printed Care Guide is provided instead.

Fee's shown are plus expenses:
Sept. 22 to March 23 = £105
Sept. 23 to March 24 = £110

Design Consultations

I am always happy to spend time giving help and advice on planting, aftercare, pruning etc to our customers. For many years we have also been delighted to provide more detailed guidance to gardeners and designers who know what they wish to achieve but require our help in selecting the most suitable clematis from the huge number available today.

Design consultations and garden visits are £50 for the first hour then £25 per hour after. Mileage is chargeable after the first 10 miles from my home address in Norfolk however travel time is not charged. Payment can be made by card on the day of the visit.

For a design consultation or a garden visit, please contact Peter to ask for further details and availability.