Horticulture has taken a significant place in my life since a young age. As I child, I found it a way to connect and spend time with my Grandfather and benefited from the practical experience of working with him in his garden or on his allotment. In adolescence, gardening was a way for me to manage the awkwardness of growing up and the garden became my sanctuary. As an adult, gardens are my career and the subject of horticulture offers a common thread to spark interesting conversation.

I am an experienced horticulturalist having trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Royal Horticultural Society's, Wisley. I have an MSc in the conservation of historic gardens and cultural landscapes from the University of Bath. Horticulture and its branches in garden design and conservation have been my career for over three decades. My career highlights include working for the National Trust as Gardens Adviser, including working with the Head Gardener at Sissinghurst. In 2016 I was project manager for the Trust's Capability Brown tercentenary celebrations.

Every day I learn something new about the subject and continue to learn from and be inspired by like minded people of all ages who garden.