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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.

I now concentrate on writing, and giving talks to groups and societies.


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 

I am a Full Member of the Society of Authors


I also volunteer at my local community radio station Ribble FM (106.7)

with gardening advice on Lancashire Live with Ruth Telford


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

Home Herbal

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