Anne Luder

Location: Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
About Anne...
At the beginning of her horticultural career Anne spent 4 years in charge of propagation at a Nursery in Essex where many of the staff had learning disabilities. She has worked as a Garden Designer for 20 years designing both public and private gardens. When planning a garden she encourages & involves the owners so that they learn about how to maintain the garden created themselves.
Anne has recently retired as a part-time lecturer at a Capel Manor Horticultural College where, for over 18 years, she specialised in Therapeutic Horticulture for severe physical disabilities. She has helped man the College Chelsea Flower Show stand for many years. Anne still conducts guided walks at Capel Manor.
Her other passion is cooking & writing recipes for Coeliacs and her book the Kosher Coeliacs Passover Cookbook was recently published in the States.
About her Talks...

All talks are adobe computer presentations – I will bring laptop/cables/projector and stand – I need a screen or wall and a table/chair.


Talks are £55 plus reasonable travelling expenses and I am based in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire but am happy to travel to North/ East & Central London/Herts/Essex/Bedfordshire and if accommodation can be arranged further afield.
Happy to fill in at short notice if I am available.

My Contact Details:

07905 600993

Horticulture – Healing Therapy for Mind, Body & Soul

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A look at why horticulture is used as therapy, how it has become recognised and the benefits of gardening

Why Gardens?

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A presentation including a little bit of history, geography, pyschology our need to impact on our envirnoment and most of all humour

Designing Accessible Gardens

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Having worked in this field for many years this talks contains many tips from “users” as well some interesting design ideas

Orange & Black

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The Planning and Planting of a Garden – starting with a football fan and moving to a local MS Society who wanted to use these colours in the garden

A Memorial Garden garden today


Not just a garden but the whole process of design and execution from Conception to Completion not funny with 30 people thinking they all knew best.

The Rose – Wilderness to Wonder



A journey around the ancient rose world from the age of the dinosaur to about 2,000 years ago.

Plants of the Bible



This is a series of talks which can be combined or stand alone

Tales of Twenty Years- My Time at Capel Manor

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A little of the history of  Capel Manor as well as a look at some of my favourite gardens and anecdotes

The Four Species – Plants of Valour & Value

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A look at Willow, Citron, Myrtle and Palm and why these plants were so important to the people of those times as well as their garden usage

Bitter Herbs – Egypt & After

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At Passover (& the Last Supper) Bitter Herbs are eaten – the herbs have changed since the times of the Exodus and this talks looks at many of these “bitters”

The Almond Tree – Herald of Spring

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A look at one of the first tree to blossom in the Middle East after winter and some other spring plants

Evolution & Adaptation – The Survival of the Fittest



How plants have adapted to survive – based on a dissertation some 20 years ago

Gardening for Wildlife

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But not just how we can bring wildlife in but what we are losing both in flora and fauna

Bulbs & Rhizomes – Medicine & Food

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Many plants have uses other than to look pretty and its amazing what you know but never thought about

Ancient Gardens – Before the Common Era

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Investigating the beginnings of gardening- Eden onwards and how some things don’t change.

Seeds – Spread to Survive

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I will lead and I hope you will join in as we look at the different ways seeds get around – no not just in packets.