Speaking & Workshops

I am available for speaking engagements on dry stone wall building and gardening. Thus far, there are five lectures/slide presentations.
  • The Stone Walls & Structures of England & New England: An Evolution
 Concentrating on the stone structures of England and New England, this lecture draws comparisons, similar and dissimilar, between the geology, building styles and techniques, and follows the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to the present day and explains how they fit into the garden and broader landscape, past and present.
  • Building with Stone in the Garden
Explains the correct building techniques, safety and tools, for Stone Walls, Fire Pits, Patios and Outdoor Kitchens etc.
  • Stone in the Garden
Describes not how, but where to place stone in the garden and which materials to use when creating contrast or harmony. From steps and paths to direct or invite, through mosaics, follies, benches, seats and other whimsies, to ponds and patios to relax and refresh.
  • The Art of the Cottage Garden
Horticulture maybe a science, but creating gardens that speak to ones soul is an art form. This presentation explores the qualities and charateristics that define cottage gardens and offers practical advice on how to achieve this in your landscape.
  • The Yorkshire Dales, from Herriot to Home
Set in the heart of Northern England, this rural landscape formed the backdrop of James Herriot's book and PBS TV series " All Creatures Great and Small" This presentation includes photos and descriptions of the dales from medieval times, to the present day.

Each of these is roughly 45 minutes long and covers the topics in depth.
If you or your organization is interested in hosting a talk, please e-mail me at: andrewpighills@englishgardensandlandscaping.com or call me at 860-322-0060

I am a certified instructor of dry stone wall building by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. In addition to teaching workshops throughout New England, I conduct two workshops a year, Spring and Fall at Stonewell Farm in Killingworth, CT.

If you are interested in attending a workshop or purchasing a gift certificate for someone else to attend, please send an e-mail to Michelle Becker, the Workshop Administrator, at: stonewellcottage@gmail.com or call 860-322-0060.

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