I’m a horticulturist with a long history of playing around with plants. I love to work with people and I love to work with plants, so residential gardening seemed a logical place for me to be. I’ve been designing and maintaining gardens for over 12 years, first in Melbourne and then in Central Victoria. One thing that has become apparent to me the longer I’ve worked in this field is the ability of gardening to be a transformative activity. The contemplation of creating your own space with plants can be an incredibly healing process for many people.
I graduated from the University of Melbourne (Burnley College) with a Masters of Applied Science in Horticulture in 1998. In a previous life I worked in managing large scale municipal revegetation projects and landscapes, managing a small not for profit environmental agency and in Landcare. My passion has always been connecting people with nature and their local environments, and my design approach reflects this. I live in central Victoria with an unruly menagerie of children and furry & feathered beasts. When I’m not playing around with plants, I teach gardening to children at Taradale Primary School, as part of the fabulous Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.