For as long as I can remember I have been gardening and my love of plants, nature and the outdoors made a career in horticulture an obvious choice. After receiving RHS certificates in horticulture level 1 & 2 I chose to study garden design at Reaseheath college. This subject combined my background in art and horticultural expertise.

In 2006 I created an edible garden at RHS flower show, Tatton. Entitled ‘Eat my garden’ it was a design based on my philosophy that a productive garden can also be a beautiful one. It was awarded a silver-gilt medal and featured on Gardeners World. This resulted in my becoming a garden columnist for Cheshire Life magazine and becoming resident gardener for BBC radio Manchester. I have made several television appearances and give talks to groups.

I live in Manchester with my husband and three children. We have a mad old English sheepdog and an angry cat whose attitude, I suspect, is inextricably linked to the arrival of the mad dog.


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