Firstly welcome to my site, which, like most blog focused websites is an opportunity for me to discuss some of the themes that engage me. My aim for it is to be a first person account and not one that distances me from the text. My beliefs and experiences will drive the content and hopefully this will make for enjoyable reading. The majority of the content will focus on the three key themes of Plants, Gardens and Design.
I've worked in Horticulture and Garden Design for all of my adult life. I have a degree in Garden Design from the University of Greenwich and I have worked as a designer here in the UK, in Europe and in Dubai. I have lectured in Horticulture and Garden Design at College, University and to many Horticultural societies and groups on a range of subjects.
I'm an avid social media user, especially Twitter and keen to engage with readers through this medium. If you use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Tumblr, be sure to follow iPlantsman for unique content.
In a professional capacity (my day job), I sell plants to garden designers, horticulturists and all other professionals within the horticulture and design industries. Much of my work involves supplying plants to show gardens, which is challenging and great fun.
Outside of work, I spend as much time with my family as possible and outside of plants, I am endlessly fascinated by so many different things... especially collecting all manner of weird and wonderful items that interest me. I'm a keen, if amateur photographer and most of the images on this site are my own.
Horticulturally, I am interested in lots of plants and concepts, including, Hebe, New Zealand Flora, Galanthus, Unusual Shrubs, New Plant Introductions, Little Blue Bulbs, Seasonal Change, Movement through space, Planting Design Theory, Landscape Patterns and so much more.
Originally from the farming, fishing, golf and tourism village of Crail in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland, I am now based in East Sussex in the South East of England, finding inspirations for design and writing from both of these wonderful areas.
So that is a little about me and I hope you are sufficiently engaged by what you read here on the blog to both come back and to engage with me on social media, or if you see me at a show or event. I'm an easy spot as there aren't many red-bearded, brown-haired horticulturists out there.