About Stephen Morphew Dip Hort (RHS) ...
Unique is a word which is used too freely and often incorrectly! Japan, though, IS unique from many perspectives. I offer a number of presentations about different aspects of the country and its remarkable culture. Even now, relatively few ‘gaijin’ (foreigners) visit Japan from Europe – perhaps I can inspire some more to make the journey!
During my visits to Japan, I have covered a significant part of Honshu, the ‘mainland’ of Japan and have also travelled extensively in the two major Southern Islands, Kyushu and Shikoku, which differ in many ways and which are even less frequented by Western tourists. I have been most fortunate in making many Japanese friends and have been privileged to stay in a number of private houses. Through the generosity of these people, I visited many fascinating places which the guide books neglect, gaining valuable insights into Japan’s culture, aspects of which can remain hidden or totally unfathomable to most visitors.
My long term interest in garden design and history was my original motivation to visit Japan and I continue to pursue this wider interest with visits to both British and European Gardens.
About my talks...
I am a professional tutor with more than 35 years’ experience of public presentations. Coming from a management background in the commercial world, I brought a disciplined, professional approach to my work in gardens. I am a qualified horticultural designer, consultant, tutor and pruning specialist. I also work for one of The World’s most respected horticultural organisations as an Examiner and Consultant. My presentations are made using a digital projector and I provide all necessary equipment. If you have a large screen available, however, I would appreciate it.
I am able to tailor presentations to meet the particular needs of an audience – certainly in terms of timing and, to a degree, the content, if you have a particular area of interest.
My fee is £75.00 plus 50p per mile return from Horsham.