The passion for gardening started when I was in my teens, leading naturally to my first job – working part-time at a small garden centre. This of course merely encouraged me even more and I would happily plough back 80% of my meagre wages into buying more plants.

Today, in semi-retirement, I still enjoy adding to my plant collection, and I still propagate far too many plants for my needs. I live in the sub-tropics in Australia, where I am creating yet another garden from scratch. I am aiming to have a diverse collection of plants, which will hopefully encourage pollinators, birds, frogs and reptiles into my garden, and provide them with a safe haven. The challenge and joy of gardening will never wane, and that is what is keeping me young.