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Lois de Vries is an engaging and seasoned presenter, who has delivered hundreds of presentations over several decades in academic, business, association, and non-profit venues. Group coaching sessions are also available.

To book your program, contact me at 973-383-0497 or

Program and special event planners for clubs, educational organizations, and garden-related industry and trade associations who want to make a difference in their organization can book my illustrated talks, which include photos of stunning gardens and offer an out-of-the-ordinary perspective on gardening and sustainability.

Are you a volunteer on a committee? Because I understand from experience what it feels like to select a speaker for the first time, I’ll work closely with you to make your meeting or event a successful one.

The kinds of organizations I work with: 
  • Garden Clubs and Plant Societies 
  • Arboreta, Public Gardens, Botanical Gardens, etc. 
  • Cancer, Health, & Holistic Centers
  • Libraries and Educational Institutions     
  • Nature and Environmental Centers 
  • Mind/Body/Spirit Retreats 
  • Nurseries & Garden Centers  
  • Horticultural Therapy Programs 
  • Master Gardener Classes and Conferences 
  • Garden, Flower, and Trade Industry Shows 
  • Professional Associations (Landscape, Environmental, Garden Center, etc.) 
  • Groups that focus on minimizing the use of and conserving natural resources

Choose from these topics: 
  • How Sustainable Is Your Garden? 
  • Cultivating The Inner Gardener 
  • Garden Away Your Cancer Stress

Additional support, if you need it. Unless you request otherwise, I’ll promote your event on my website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and through traditional print and broadcast media. I can supply flyers, counter cards, a blurb for your newsletter, and a news release for local media. Please make any requests for these extras at the time of booking.

I work with a wide-variety of organizations that recognize that aligning work, leisure, and volunteer activities with personal values and meaning is critical to keeping their members enthusiastically engaged with their calling. What all of these organizations have in common is a genuine interest in promoting life-long learning and an open-minded, wholistic perspective.

We are most likely to work successfully together if:  
  • You want a speaker who is entertaining, informative, inspirational, and leaves your audience with something to think about. 
  • You take pride in delivering a top quality program or conference for your organization. 
  • You prefer working with professionals. 
  • Your speaker budget for a small meeting is at least $300 and your budget for a keynote is at least $2,500 (see fees).
  • You like to work in a collaborative style.
  • You prefer communicating directly with the speaker you hire.

About Lois J. de Vries
As a regional field editor and location scout for Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media, Lois honed her skills while talking with more than 250 gardeners. She is a garden writer and an Eric Maisel Trained Psychology of Meaning Coach who enjoys visiting other people’s gardens, and helping them design a more meaningful gardening experience. Lois’ articles have appeared in Nature’s Garden, Garden Rooms, Garden, Deck and Landscape, Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living, Horticulture, and Do It Yourself magazines. She chairs the Garden Writers of America’s Sustainability Committee and served nearly a decade as chair of her local environmental commission.

About Fees
Speaking fees are a primary source of donation income for The Sustainable Gardening Institute and Library and don’t include mileage or other travel expenses. A minimum donation of $300 is required. I encourage small groups and organizations to hold joint meetings, secure commercial sponsorships, partner with others in order to share the fee, or charge admission.

The fees listed on this website are intended to serve as guidelines, may vary based on the specific nature of your request, and may change without notice. The exact fee for your event may be higher. Fees are based on presentations of up to 60 minutes in the Continental U.S. and are exclusive of travel expenses.

Please contact me with all of your event details and requirements and I’ll be happy to quote you an accurate fee specifically for your event, together with travel requirements.

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