Gardening is my passion!
I'm a hands-on head gardener, an award winning gardening journalist and a regular speaker at gardening clubs and events. I'm a bit of a horticultural adventurer, embracing diverse challenges such as planting a National Collection, creating a small garden at Chelsea Flower Show and guest presenting on BBC Gardeners' World. Gardening and writing about gardening have been my whole career. I have wide ranging practical experience, a broad plant knowledge and an unswerving enthusiasm for all things gardening.
As well as numerous awards for my garden writing, I’ve also won the Relais & Chateaux Garden Trophy for my garden at The Bath Priory Hotel and a Royal Horticultural Society Medal for ‘The Mini Garden’ at Chelsea Flower Show. I’m also lucky to have worked with famous garden designers including Arne Maynard, Cleve West and Diarmuid Gavin.
My latest book PLANTING FOR BUTTERFLIES, published in May 2020, is a beautifully illustrated guide to encouraging butterflies into your garden. My next book, PLANTING FOR WILDLIFE will be published in 2021.
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'Delightfully illustrated by James Weston Lewis, this small book packs a mighty punch. It’s not only crammed with information, but quietly persuasive — by the time I’d finished it I had been converted to the idea of making room for some nettles in a corner of my garden.' Constance Craig Smith in the Daily Mail
'Planting for Butterflies...shows you how you can attract these beautiful insects and help them to flourish by creating a butterfly-friendly garden. If you plant the right plants, the butterflies will surely come.' The Bath Magazine
'Highly readable and engaging, it is a book you can dip in and out of to improve your knowledge of the natural world in your garden.' The Middle-Sized Garden Blog
'This book is truly a fascinating read. I know I will be considering creating a flutter as I choose plants for my garden in the future.' The Blackberry Garden Blog