Anne Luder

Location: Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
About Anne...

Anne began her public speaking career when requested to address a group attended by one of her students a few years before she retired as a part-time lecturer at a Capel Manor Horticultural College to care for her late husband. Speaking engagements enabled Anne to pass on her knowledge, humour and work flexibly around nursing her husband. With his help her appearances on the talk circuit flourished and kept him occupied running the diary. As she enjoys it she has carried on and is often asked to return.
Anne specialised in running Therapeutic Horticulture for severe physical disabilities for over 20 years. She has helped staff the College Chelsea Flower Show stand so perhaps you might have met. 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. She is still working as a landscape and horticultural consultant creating a woodland cemetery from scratch.
Her other passion is cooking & writing recipes for Coeliacs and her book the Kosher Coeliacs Passover Cookbook was published in the States.

About her Talks...

All the talks are Adobe computer presentations with many original photos. They last about 50-60 minutes with questions but can be altered easily as there is no script. Anne has spoken in many types of venues from small village halls to large hotels. Groups have included, Horticultural Groups, Arts & Antiques Groups, Historical Societies, Women’s Institute, Women’s Clubs, National Trust, Church/Synagogue Groups, the U3A as well as Masonic & Probus events including after-dinner engagements. She has also been the key note speaker for the National Federation of Women’s Clubs at their Annual Conference.
Anne will bring her own equipment: tablet, leads and projector. Please can you to provide a wall or screen plus a table. If you prefer can use your equipment and bring a memory stick.


Talks are £70 (if over an hour from my base £80) plus reasonable travelling expenses (45p/mile) or train fare. Located in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire but happy to travel to within the London area as well as Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and further if you know of a local budget hotel. Other localities may also be available so that friends/relatives could be visited.
Happy to fill in at short notice if available.

My Contact Details:

07905 600993

Horticulture – Healing Therapy for Mind, Body & Soul

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

Why Gardens?


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


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

Orange & Black


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Bulbs & Rhizomes – Medicine & Food


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


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

Seeds – Spread to Survive


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.

Bible Gold – Frankinsence, Myrrh & More

So many societies use these and other plants to increase spirituality. An excellent talk for Christmas, Jewish New Year and just to take a deeper look into these wonderful aromatics which were worth their weight in gold.

Capel's Show Winning Gardens & Others

Ever wondered what makes a Winning Garden? Let me explain and also take you on a virtual tour of some of the gardens at Capel Manor which have won RHS show medals

Astounding Adaptions – Survivial of the Fittest

Plants have been around for far longer than man. This presentation looks at the wonderful ways some have adapted as well as things we take for granted.

Naturally Native – Gardening with British Natives at Home

A look at about 30 plants (and their cultivars) that are native to the British Isles and suitable for garden use, helping you to attract nature and work with our climate.

Gardening in the Third Age – Gadgets & Gizmos

So how can we adapt our gardens to make less work? Are there some gizmos to help us? Whether it be purpose bought or just an old milk bottle adaptation; a look at ways we can make gardening easier and enjoyable not outdoor housework.


“Thank you for the talk. This will help when writing out the minutes of the meeting at the weekend. Although I missed your talk because of the emergency, everyone said how good it was. I hope you enjoyed it too.”

Angela – South Marston Garden Club (July 2023)


“We had our Frinton & District Horticultural Show today so I had the opportunity of catching up with members after my holiday. I gained an overall impression that your talk went down very well, even the most seasoned gardeners said they had picked up some useful mobility tips enabling us to keep going in the gardens we love, so many thanks for making the trip to Frinton. I am very sorry after all our negotiations and re planning over several years, that I missed you – perhaps another year.”

Lynda – Frinton Horticultural Society (June 2023)


“Thank you so much for your very interesting talk tonight. It was fascinating. I am sure several of our members will visit Capel Manor this summer.”

Marcia – Gamlingay Garden Club (May 2023)


“Anne, thank you very much for your informative and entertaining talk yesterday evening to a large crowd in Upminster. I hope it will prompt our members to visit Capel Manor again in the not too distant future. I will certainly make an effort to get there again soon.
It was a very busy evening and I am sorry I didn’t get a chance to say farewell and thank you before you left at the end.”

Jean – Upminster Horticultural Society (May 2023)


“Thank you so much for the talk this afternoon. Very interesting and informative. I can only apologise for the parking problem, and the attitude of “the management!”

Jill – Hendon Horticultural Society (June 2023)


“Thank you Anne for coming and imparting your knowledge, several people have said how interesting your talk was and your first remark that Bible GOLD was olive oil has really struck a cord with most of us. Obvious really. ”

Frances – Probus Club (December 2022)


“That was so interesting I had no idea of the different properties of trees and their fruits.
I am still trying to ‘digest’ it all. I will definitely look at fruit differently now.”

Bernard – CSMA (July 2022)


“That was so interesting I had no idea of the different properties of trees and their fruits.
I am still trying to ‘digest’ it all. I will definitely look at fruit differently now.”

Susan – Potters Bar Synagogue (February 2022)

Anne Luder Contact Details:

07905 600993

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