Michael Tooley has lectured throughout the United Kingdom, in Ireland and in North America on garden designers, artists and horticulturalists such as Gertrude Jekyll, William Andrews Nesfield, Charles Hervey Grey, Samuel Arnott, William Robinson and Thomas Wright. The topics include the Restoration of Gardens of Historic Interest, Plants Bred by Miss Gertrude Jekyll, Thomas Wright's Garden Designs, Gardens of Historic Interest in Co. Durham, Lindisfarne Castle Garden, The Garden at Hestercombe.

He lectures on cruises around the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands organised by Westminster Classic Tours on Mediterranean plants, their distribution, history and use, and on vulcanicity, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Michael has given invited lectures to the Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the Whitworth Manchester, Guildford Cathedral, the Cruikshank Botanic Garden Aberdeen and Norwich Museum. He has given talks to members of the Hertfordshire Garden Trust and the Surrey Garden Trust, and to horticultural societies and clubs such as the Royal Caledonian, The Barony and the Lakeland.

He has contributed papers at conferences in Oxford University on The Architecture of the Arts and Crafts Movement, in Bristol at The Architecture Centre, in Woking at the Surrey History Centre on the Halnaker papers, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Victorian Society and at the West Yorkshire Branch of the National Art Collections Fund.  He has lectured to local NADFAS groups and to members of the Northern Horticultural Society for example in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. In the USA, he has lectured in Philadelphia, in Bennington, Vermont and in Woodbury, Conn.

Michael received accreditation as a NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) Lecturer in 2010 and is now listed in the NADFAS Directory.

NADFAS Accredited Lecturer

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