I have been growing things, on and off, throughout my life. I say ‘on and off’ because there have been periods when I have strayed from the horticultural path to pursue things like serving in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, bringing up a family, lecturing in English Literature at University, and generally keeping out of mischief.
I started, though, knee-high to a grasshopper (or should it be bumblebee), helping my Dad on his market garden in Sussex and, later in my career, after becoming a professional garden designer, and writing five books* on gardening, I ended up owning and running my own plant centre specialising in pollinator-friendly plants.
Age has caught up with me a little, however, so I am now semi-retired which gives me time to give talks to lovely groups and societies, and to take up writing again.
My new book The Little Book of Plants for Pollinators: A Gardener’s Guide
is now available. For more information, please click on Book,
and if you wish to buy a copy, please click on Shop.
I am a Full Member of the Garden Media Guild
and the Society of Authors
I also volunteer at my local community radio station Ribble FM (106.7)
with gardening advice on
In addition I hold the Level 3 Award in Wine from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), and am a qualified Educator to Level 2.
* My previous books are:
The Bee Garden
Plants and Planting Plans for a Bee Garden
The Little Book of Popular Perennials
The Kitchen Herb Garden