Presentations To Businesses Or Other Groups ~ Zoom or In Person

Lunch-and-Learn, Keynotes, Meetings, Employee Gatherings, Talks for Self-Care Sessions, Motivational Presentations, Sermons   ~ Live or Virtual Via Zoom


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review of Plant Pivot talk given via Zoom to a group of Streem employees on 6/23/2021: “Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! That was SO WONDERFUL!!  The team loved it, and those that weren’t able to make it are super bummed and jealous. We will definitely have to have you back.”



In addition to the talks listed here I do several other presentations for women’s groups, alumni associations, neighborhood organizations and churches. I also enjoy speaking to “lunch and learn” groups and company annual meetings. My talks are uplifting and thoughtful; please contact me for details.

To sample what a Zoom presentation looks like, go here.

A Stroll Through C.L.’s Gardens

Join me for a virtual cocktail hour (or coffee break, tea party) in my gardens. I’ll present a garden-based beverage while the group shares what they’re sipping in the chat session. Then we’ll stroll around Poison Ivy Acres together. You’ll get ideas for containers on porches and decks, see colorful combinations of annuals and perennials, and discover creative ways to have fun with plants in your own landscape. I’ll share some tips for growing vegetables and how to easily preserve or cook with the harvest. You’ll see my cutting garden, Annual Alley, the fragrance/bird garden and several flower beds. The handout contains names of plants that more people should know and grow, tips for easier maintenance and more. A relaxing but idea-generating program for all types of groups.


There’s Treasure Everywhere!

This virtual tour of beautiful gardens presents ideas, information and inspirations gathered from private and public gardens coast-to-coast and beyond. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting gardens throughout the USA, Canada and Europe, privately and with the GardenComm organization, and have put together a visual feast that will get your creative juices flowing for your own property. You’ll see many styles of gardens, get design ideas, learn about new plants and combinations and see how others have solved problems. The handout contains tips for design, plant names and a list of the public gardens shown so that you can plan future garden-tourism trips.

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival: Growing Something Good

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is a ten day period when Cape gardens are open to the public for the benefit of local non-profits. Although it is organized under the umbrella of our signature flower, the blue hydrangea, it is our seaside gardens and landscapes that are being celebrated.  This talk is about how everyone in the community benefits from garden tourism. From businesses and residents, to the non-profits and horticulture itself, such regional celebrations feed us all.


Plant Pivot

Looking at plants with new eyes…

Have you noticed that no one changes, adapts or transforms anymore? Everyone is pivoting instead. This talk is an enjoyable, random look the world of plants. From debunking a couple of common myths, a few peeks at common misinformation that circulates online, to some fun facts and explanations about how plants work. As we pivot with plants, C.L. will also answer your employee’s questions, be they about houseplants, growing vegetables or other green matters.

Location, Location, Location

What Every Realtor Needs to Know About Gardens

As a real estate professional you’re frequently called upon to give a client advice about all aspects of a property, from the plumbing to the pool, or the gables to the gardens. This presentation provides realtors with a list of must-know garden basics presented in a fun, easy to absorb manner. Learn how to better advise your clients <em>and</em> tricks for staging and improving less-than-perfect yards.


Roots, Flowers & Wings

Still Growing After 55

You’ve seen a lot of life in your time. After nurturing careers, participating in volunteer activities, raising a family, helping elderly parents, contributing to your community and dealing with assorted physical problems, you can truthfully say, “Been there, done that.” But are you still growing?

Whether you’re retired or still working, moving full steam ahead or slowing down, your roots are, for better or worse, firmly in place…now it’s time to think about flowers and wings. What do you want to do now? How about host a podcast, create a local festival, or write a book?  This talk is for women age 55 and older, and explores how we can cultivate growth for the rest of our lives.

Time Travel

In 1967 my father was killed in a plane crash in Vietnam. He was leading a team of educators on a mission for USAID. The team was headed from Saigon to Hue when it crashed, killing all aboard. Fast forward to the present, when I posted something about that crash on Facebook. Imagine my surprise when a fellow plant lover and volunteer master garden who I’d known for 20 years commented on that post, “My father was on that same flight.” This talk is about connections, healing and how it’s never to late to heal childhood wounds. It moves from my experience connecting with the children of the Air America crash in March of 1967 to the importance of honoring all our stories and experiences, especially those of children.



I have filled the pulpit for several congregations and provided non-denominational services for conferences. Topics include: Joy; The High Summer Garden; A Complaint Free World; A Simple Good Deed; The Eight Rules for Successful Growth; and The Low-Maintenance Garden, The Easy Life and The Quiet Mind, and others. Please contact me for details.

The Cocktail Hour Garden ~ Creating A Space To Unwind

Everyone needs a place where they can relax and reconnect with the natural world. This talk discusses the elements that go into making such spaces appeal to the senses. Whether you’re designing a place for morning coffee, afternoon tea or cocktails, these are areas where we put aside digital devices and recharge, by ourselves or with others. Learn about how to make such “self-care spaces,” be it in a condo patio, an apartment balcony, or a large backyard. Although this talk starts each section off with a toast, it’s not about what’s in your glass…it’s about creating beauty and appreciating nature.

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Contact information:
For details about these or other talks and workshops,
please contact me by email at: clfornari at gmail dot com
Mail: C.L. Fornari P.O. Box 355 Osterville, MA 02655
Phone: 508-428-5895

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