About me

Gardens are in my blood…

When I’m not working, you can usually find me in my garden or potting shed, with soil under my nails, listening to the birds, raising my face to the sun.

There are generations of gardeners in my family and so I was able to imbibe knowledge when small that I didn’t really know I knew.

Later, as an adult, I studied for the RHS General Certificate, receiving a Distinction because of my obsessive knowledge about worms I think! Then I diverted slightly and gained a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology, all the while working in gardens to support myself. My dissertation was “The Need To Garden”, it’s surprising how much psychology is involved in gardening! I’ve got around 30 years experience in various jobs involving horticulture (for more details see my horticultural profile summary). I’ve experienced diverse areas of horticulture which all feed into the unique ideas, inspiration and advice I can offer you.

Since 2018 I have been Horticultural Advisor (casual) for RHS Wisley. My work is naturally evolving to be more consultancy and advisory based, although I continue to maintain just one garden that I just can’t let go of.

You can find me on The Professional Garden Consultants Association or the register of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, or more often in a rambling country garden giving advice, doing a garden appraisal or giving talks and masterclasses