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A Talk for Your Group

If you are responsible for a speaker for your group’s upcoming meeting, why not consider a talk on Victorian flowers?

Recently I drove to the north shore of Boston to give a talk to the North Shore Horticultural Society.

The topic was the Victorian flower garden and was based on my book All about Flowers: James Vick’s Nineteenth-Century Seed Company. The name of the talk was “Victorian Flowers We Still Love.”

As I walked around the small downtown area, I came across this A frame sidewalk sign promoting my talk later that evening. [below]. What a surprise that was!

Here is the content of the talk which was presented on April 27, 2023:

Victorian Flowers We Still Love with Thomas Mickey. Rochester, NY seed company owner James Vick (1818-1882) sold flowers to the American home gardener. Vick convinced people through his catalogs and magazine that their home would not be complete without a flower garden. Today, his selections remain popular. The flowers Vick recommended could be native plants, exotics from China or South America, long-time favorites from the English garden, or new hybrids that were coming on the market on a regular basis.”

I have two other talks that I can give.

They are “The History of Growing and Selling Dahlias” and “America’s Romance with the English Garden.”

That evening talk about Victorian flowers provided a fun experience. The audience was exceptional. Also, they had great questions at the end.

Please contact me if you have an interest in a future talk for your group.

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  1. Glad to see you are still active in giving talks, Thomas — I hope your book continues to do well. I have a talk scheduled next week, which I still need to prepare for, and just published another book too. Spring is always so busy!

    1. Hello Beth, nice to hear from you. Good to see you are busy with garden talks. You are right that it takes a lot of preparation to give such a presentation.
      Hope, too, it all goes well for you.

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