About me

The author

I am a freelance garden writer with 24 years’ practical horticultural experience. In that time, I have designed and installed interior plant displays, run a community garden and worked as deputy head gardener at the historic Chelsea Physic Garden. After that I developed two livery company gardens and a roof garden in the heart of London and most recently I was head gardener at Croxteth Hall walled garden, Liverpool, another amazing place steeped in history and today linked with Myerscough College. I particularly enjoyed working with students and volunteers in the garden.

I have a Diploma in Horticulture with Honours from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

I have written a monthly column for the Church Times for the past 8 years and regularly contributed to Guardian Weekend and The English Garden magazines. I am full member of the Garden Media Guild.  

My first career was as a primary school teacher when I used gardening as a vehicle for learning. To put horticulture firmly at the centre of my life I re-trained as a gardener with the National Trust.

Apart from beauty in the plant world, I am fascinated by the relationship people forge with their gardens and how the horticultural choices they make reflect their personalities.  

I share my life with my partner, Richard and until recently a Tibetan terrier called Marnie.

RIP Marnie 18/10/12 – 26/06/19