Gardener, writer and photographer
Originally from South London, I now live in and garden for clients in North London.
I’ll be forever yearning after a walled kitchen garden (preferably with a Jacobean manor house attached), but I’m also rather partial to a blousy cottage garden and a tasty bit of sharp topiary. The likes of the heavenly Great Dixter or the swaying Jardin Plume, with their lush perennial planting, never fail to move me and I’m also a big fan of Lucy Mackenzie’s wonderfully idiosyncratic Lip na Cloiche garden up on Mull.
In my small-ish London garden (not walled), I now have a large-ish greenhouse and I shall be spending many hours in there propagating and growing all manner of tomatoes.
Inspired by the community veg growing project I helped start up in 2009, I created the words and photos for my first book, ‘Veg Street’ in 2013 for Short Books. It’s a month-by-month guide to growing fruit and veg in urban front gardens and small spaces and it also gives tips and advice on how to start your own street growing project – knitting your community together as you go through veg growing and eating cakes.
My second book, ‘Grow all you can eat in 3 square feet’, was published by Dorling Kindersley in February 2015, and is packed full of ideas on how to grow veg in small spaces.
I write the ‘Urban Gardener’ column for ‘Grow Your Own’ magazine and I’m very happy to undertake new gardening projects as well as writing and photography commissions.