I am a keen plantsman and have over 44 years of experience!
I started as an apprentice gardener at Inverewe Gardens in the North West coast of Scotland with The National Trust for Scotland and went on to work at The Royal Horticultural Society‘s Garden, Wisley, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace Garden. I also spent a year working on nurseries in Holland.
I studied at Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Cannington for two years and then studied for three years at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
I worked for the Parks Department of the London Borough of Croydon as their Horticultural Officer and then moved to the London Borough of Redbridge as Assistant Parks Manager, subsequently becoming their Chief Recreation Manager.
I am currently the gardening expert on Phoenix FM, Community Radio for Brentwood and Billericay. Join me 10 till 12 Sunday mornings.
I have written for a number of publications including The English Garden magazine.
I am a former judge with “South and South East In Bloom” a part of Britain in Bloom and currently a judge with the London Garden Society
I am a keen photographer and have around 4000 slides and thousands of digital photographs of plants and gardens for use in my talks and lectures.
This months Poll is Who would you most like to interview? Alys Fowler, Bob Flowerdew or James Wong? Click the link above to vote.
Previous polls that you can still take part in are:- Slugs and Snails and your favourite way to get rid of them! or if you like gardening do you also enjoy cooking?
Should ban smoking in parks and gardens?
This comes after New York banned smoking in Central Park and 1,700 other parks and beaches. I really feel we should follow this example. There is nothing worse than being in a beautiful winter garden where smell forms an important part of that experience and all you can smell is someone smoking in the background!