Bill Laws is a regular speaker at gardens clubs, U3A groups, history societies, literary festivals and horticultural shows in the UK and abroad.

Plants That Changed the Course of History –Bill shares his top ten favourites.

Artists’ Gardens – from Barbara Hepworth (above) and Frida Kahlo to Patrick Heron, Johannes Larsen, Claude Monet and others.

A Curious History of Vegetables – A lighthearted look into guinea gardens, allotments, aphrodisiacs, onions johnnies and the rest.

Miss Jekyll’s Daisy Grubber – the story of garden tools from scythes and scarecrows to George Bernard Shaw’s best spade.

Our Glorious Gardens – the story of the garden told through five plants: the rose, lavender, apple, bean and a final surprise. (Photo: Abby)

A Shire at War – how the old county was changed for ever by the First World War.

Forty-five minutes – of living local history.