Claire Jones

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Baltimore, Maryland

Zoom Speaker! Claire enjoys speaking in person or virtually to groups on a variety of topics, including decorating The White House for Christmas. A landscape designer, Claire's designs have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Garden Design.

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At the Philadelphia Flower Show Gardeners Studio


Claire is a writer, speaker, photographer, garden coach and Maryland native.

She's a frequent contributor of words and photographs to The American Gardener, Garden Design, Association of Landscape Architecture magazine, The MD Hort Report, and Backyard Beekeeping.

Claire also writes online for Direct Native Plants, a regular column on designing with native plants.

Claire has a Biology degree from Towson University with an emphasis in botany and minored in English. She's a member of the MD Horticultural Society, a board member of Federated Garden Clubs of MD, GardenComm, and Great Garden Speakers,  

Looking for an engaging speaker for your Master Garden Group, Garden Club, or Flower Show? Claire speaks on a wide variety of gardening topics, conducts floral design demonstrations, workshops, all accompanied by full color presentations of original photos. An owner of a landscape design/build service, Claire has served as the Director of Baltimore area garden clubs and is a master flower show judge and judges Horticultural shows. A professional horticulturalist, Claire writes and has won awards for her blog, The Garden Diaires,and for her magazine articles. 

Whether it's a blog, a garden club meeting, or horticultural conference, Claire brings a fresh and engaging perspective to inspire and educate any audience. She presents virtually on zoom also! Just ask!



Claire draws her inspiration from her own home and garden and her landscape design business, plus pens the popular gardening blog, The Garden Diaries


Want a Zoom talk? Claire is happy to give virtual presentations! 

Garden Style Arranging

One of my most popular presentations. With the onset of COVID, I resolved to create an arrangement/floral design, from my own garden or from local foraging. Find out what type of flowers are my favorites and how to use the best types of foliage to make striking arrangement at little cost. I cover techniques, containers, and how to design 'garden style', which is an informal type of arranging - way better than a florist style arrangement.


Behind the Scenes at the White House Christmas

Selected in 2011, 2015, & 2017, to decorate the White House for Christmas, Claire shows you the behind the scenes story behind transforming the White House in just one week to a Winter Wonderland.


Sex in the Garden 

The plight of the honeybee and other native pollinators is on everyone’s mind right now and we need to get the word out on the best practices on attracting the whole array of pollinators which are becoming endangered. With the loss of habitat that is happening across the globe for wildlife, it is up to us as gardeners and stewards of the land to step in and provide eco habitats for all our endangered pollinators. Learn which plants and other secrets to attracting the most diverse number of wildlife to your yard.



Landscape Design/Before and After-Solutions to Common Landscape Problems     

Working in the landscape design business for over 20 years, Claire has designed both small and large properties to enhance curb appeal as well as to create unique outdoor living spaces. See how the pros tackle common problems in the landscape and at the same time beautify with low maintenance solutions.


English & Scottish Gardens Tour

Have you ever wanted a tour of the beautiful gardens of the UK without the travel expense? From my extensive travels in the British Isles, I show the best of the best of English type gardens. Included are Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Hidcote, and Beth Chatto's renowned gardens Also, see how exciting the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show can be!


Christmas Decorating With Natural Materials Inspired by Williamsburg

After decorating the White House for three years, I give you ideas on decorating your own home with swags, wreaths, and arrangements with a twist. From styling your mantel to creating a wreath from scratch, I will end the presentation with a demo on creating your own outsdoor seasonal arrangement.


Beekeeping Startup for Newbees

If you were ever curious on how beekeepers manage their hives, extract honey, and plant their gardens specifically for honeybees, this presentation is a “must hear”! See how Claire catches swarms and takes care of her hives and bees for a fascinating talk. Learn how you can start up your own hive and extract honey. 


Containers with Pizzazz! Creating Striking Containers

Anyone can plant a container, but with this presentation, Claire’s container ideas will inspire you to go home and try new plants, containers, and designs!  Seasonal, themed, fragrant, and edible containers are hghlighted and I conclude the presentation with a demonstration of an arrrangement that someone can take home.


Trade Secrets: Secrets to Great Floral Arranging

Have you wondered how professional florists do those fabulous arrangements? Learn secrets of the trade to create your own beautiful arrangements that can save you money and be a lot of fun! I conclude the presentation with a demonstration of three seasonal arrangements that someone can take home.


Right Plant/Right Space Including Ground Covers

Part of landscaping knowledge is choosing the right plants for your location and environment. With Claire’s over 25 years of plantings for clients, learn what plants she uses over and over for beauty, durability, and out of the ordinary appeal. Ground covers that are unusual and beautiful are also covered.


Shady Characters

Is your challenge gardening in the shade? Do you want color in shade areas of your garden? Find out with careful planning and selection, that you can also have a colorful garden. I also cover deer proof gardening, a topic that just about everyone is battling.


Prices range depending on location and topic.


Contact Claire for a great presentation tailored to your group’s choice! And I will do a zoom presentation if you are in another part of the country and include plants from your part of the world. 


After a February 2017 presentation to the Cape St Clair Garden Club about pollinators, one of the audience members sent me an email: "Thank you for giving us such a fun, informative, and colorful talk! It inspired me to get out there and plant some bee-friendly plants".  

Barbara Reisinger emailed me this: Went to your great talk on decorating the White House at the Cambridge Garden Club. It was a fascinating and informative presentation. Keep up the good work!


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White House

Dottie Sacker from Parkville - 11/17/2021 17:31:35

6eb02.Claire was a very entertaining speaker. She discussed the White House holiday preparations in great detail. Beautiful decorations & colorful explanations. She is the best!

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Excellent speaker

Crofton Village Garden Club, Maryland from Crofton Maryland - 02/06/2021 16:27:59

Our club thoroughly enjoyed the Zoom floral design presentation by Claire. She is talented, knowledgeable, and has a welcoming and friendly style of presenting. We will book her again.

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York Garden Club

Nancy Woodrow from Glen Rock - 11/18/2019 19:14:31

65d13 Loved her talk on the White House Christmas Decorating. Makes me want to go again.

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