Authors

Angus Stewart - Australia, NSW, Central Coast

Gardening Australia TV presenter, author of ‘Creating an Australian Garden’, ‘Australian Plants for Year-round Colour’ and ‘Let’s Propagate’, garden travel guide, native plant specialist and breeder. Central Coast, NSW. Gardening With Angus

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Catherine Stewart - Australia, NSW, Sydney

Award-winning garden journalist and photographer, writer for garden magazines such as Backyard & Garden Design Ideas, Outdoor Design & LIving, and Gardening Australia, co-author of Waterwise Gardening for Australia. Creator, curator and editor of the award-winning GardenDrum.com Sydney, NSW

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Janna Schreier

Garden designer, writer, and blogger, Janna has designed and created hundreds of gardens across the three countries she has called home—Australia, the UK and Malaysia. Now based in Sydney, she still loves to travel and explore gardens all over the world. Her passion is to capture beautiful garden images wherever she goes and evaluate what it is, precisely, that makes each garden work so well. She uses this knowledge in designs for her clients and in her aim to enthuse all whose paths she crosses on the wonderful, vast and diverse merits of gardening. You can find Janna’s blog at Janna Schreier

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Marianne Cannon - Australia, NSW, Sydney

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It’s about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today’s environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more. Real World Gardener

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Phil Dudman - Australia, NSW, Lismore

Presenter on gardening talk-back radio, author of Down-to-earth Garden Design, co-presenter of garden2kitchen, convenor of Landshare Australia. North Coast, NSW Phil Dudman Gardening

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Arno King - Australia, Queensland, Brisbane

Landscape architect, horticulturist, journalist and keen gardener, Arno is a regular contributor to Subtropical Gardening Magazine. Based in Brisbane, Arno grows a wide diversity of unusual plant species and has particular interests in growing edible plants in creative settings and biological and organic gardening. Brisbane, Queensland

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Julie Thomson - Australia, Queensland, Sunshine Coast

Journalist, writer, editor, television and book publicist, formerly with ABC Gardening Australia, passionate gardener, soil improver, digger, mulcher, living in acreage splendour near Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Subscribes to the Cicero edict: “I have a garden and a library, so have everything I need.” Julie’s Garden Grapevine

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Jan Hintze - Australia, Northern Territory, Darwin

Jan is a professional flower grower, horticulturist & consultant, specialising in tropical plants including fruit and vegetable production and cut flowers. Darwin, Northern Territory

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Stephen Ryan - Australia, Victoria, Mt Macedon

Stephen Ryan grew up and still lives at Mt. Macedon in Victoria were he has run his nursery Dicksonia Rare Plants since 1980. He was for 3 years host of Gardening Australia on ABC TV and is a regular on Melbourne’s 3CR. Sunday garden program. He has written 4 books and innumerable articles for magazines both in Australia and abroad and is also a sought after speaker at garden clubs.

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Anne Latreille - Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Writer, editor and journalist. Author of ‘Garden Voices’ (about Australian garden designers past and present, September 2013), ‘Garden of a Lifetime’ (Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at Cruden Farm), ‘Kindred Spirits’ and ‘The Natural Garden’. Melbourne, Victoria.

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Steven Wells - Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Steven combines his nursing and horticulture careers, working as a nurse, a horticultural therapist and the gardens and grounds project officer at Austin Health in Melbourne. He studied horticulture at The University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus and is the 2012 ABC Gardening Australia ‘Gardener of the Year’. Having grown up on a market garden and orange orchard he has ‘green blood’ and is a keen gardener. He is passionate about sharing the benefits of gardening, horticultural therapy and people-plant connections.

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Tim Entwisle - Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Dr Tim Entwisle is a scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens, and  Chief Executive of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Until March 2013 he was Director of Conservation, Living Collections & Estates at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and prior to that Director of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens for eight years. See Tim’s full blog at Talking Plants

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Sandi Pullman - Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Sandi was a horticultural advisor to ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has 21 years experience. She is a regular contributor to Vasili’s Good Gardening and Your Vegie Patch. She has also contributed to the Gardening section of The Age and to the Australian Garden History Society journal over the years. She is a founding member of the Friends of Burnley Gardens and now is volunteer garden co-ordinator for the Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage and is researching what plants were available from 1800 to 1854 to recreate an authentic garden of early Melbourne.

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Dr Anne Vale - Australia, south-east Victoria

Dr Anne Vale is an author, historian, lecturer and garden photographer. Anne is the author of award winning Exceptional Australian Garden Makers (2014). The sequel, Influential Australian Garden People, which follows the influences of the next generation, is due to be published late 2016. Anne records and assesses gardens with history through her consulting practice Heriscapes. She has written garden guides and histories on significant Australian heritage gardens including Dalvui, Mawarra, Wombat Park and Burnley. She has contributed articles to the online directory on Australian Women Leaders, the Australian Garden History Society journal, Historic Gardens Review journal and the Royal Historical Society Remembering Melbourne (due late 2016).

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Phillip Withers - Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Phillip first studied art and then garden design studying a Diploma in Landscape Design and Sustainability at Swinburne University. He started Phillip Withers Landscape Design and specialises in urban courtyards, balconies and gardens. He has also taught Computer Aided Design with Kangan Institute and now Swinburne University. Phil is also a keen traveller and believes that it is the key to keeping design interesting…

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Alison Aplin - Australia, Victoria, coastal south west

Alison is a passionate, multi award winning sustainable landscape designer, Horticulturist and arborist. She has been the owner and designer of 2 Ecotourism gardens that have both won significant awards. Her writing is based on knowledge, empirical learning which is essential to sustainable ethic, and a questioning mind leading to much research. Her articles are often controversial – with a disclaimer that she is responsible for the written matter, and not Garden Drum. 

A deeply caring person about the natural environment, Alison’s writing endeavours to explain why sustainable landscapes are so important. Without people like her, they will be lost and gardens will become merely concrete

Alison is the managing partner and designer for Timandra Design & Landscaping.

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Helen McKerral - Australia, South Australia, Adelaide Hills

Horticultural journalist, photographer, contributor to many garden magazines, and author of ‘Gardening on a Shoestring’. Adelaide Hills, South Australia

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Jennifer Stackhouse - Australia, Tasmania, near Launceston

Jennifer Stackhouse has moved from NSW to a Federation house in the little village of Barrington tucked beneath Mt Roland in northwest Tasmania. With high rainfall, rich, red deep soil and a mild climate she reckons she’s won the gardening lottery. Jennifer is the author of several gardening books including ‘Garden’, ‘The Organic Guide to Edible Gardens’, ‘Planting Techniques’ and ‘My Gardening Year’, which she wrote with her mother Shirley. She was editor of ABC ‘Gardening Australia’ magazine and now edits the trade journal ‘Greenworld’ magazine and writes regularly for the Saturday magazine in ‘The Mercury’. She is often heard on radio and at garden shows answering garden queries.

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Tino Carnevale - Australia, Tasmania, Hobart

Born and bred in Tasmania, Tino’s lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family’s small vineyard and olive grove. He studied landscape design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has an Associate Diploma in Horticulture. As well as being a presenter on Gardening Australia TV, Tino teaches gardening skills to both adults and children, is part of the The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and patron of the Tasmanian Weed Society.

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Amanda Mackinnon - Australia, Tasmania

Amanda is the Operations and Communications Manager at Plants Management Australia (PMA). Her career has taken her on a journey through science, education and communication. Living in a busy male dominated household – chasing around 2 young boys, one friendly black labrador, a cheeky ginger cat and her husband, it’s no wonder she finds solace in the quiet beauty of new plants! Amanda writes regularly for a variety of horticultural publications and coordinates PMA’s marketing department. She is passionate about raising the profile of plant breeders and spreading the message that “all life depends on plants”.

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Catriona McLeod - Australia Tasmania

Dr. Catriona McLeod is a writer, environmental & cultural consultant, horticulturist and designer based in Tasmania. Catriona worked as a horticulturalist in plant nurseries, while studying architecture and landscape architecture in Brisbane. After travelling, and working as a designer and horticultural consultant, she completed a PhD in green design. Until 2012 she taught design principles, landscape architecture, ecology, design theory, horticulture and sustainable practices at the University of Tasmania. She is a passionate advocate of wild places and the preservation of threatened environments and species and is, of course, an avid and always-learning gardener.

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Linda Green - Australia, Western Australia, Fremantle

Landscape designer and horticulturist, owner of Hidcote Landscapes. Fremantle, Western Australia

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Rose Thodey, New Zealand, Auckland

Rose Thodey is a freelance garden writer and author of several gardening books. She lives and gardens in Freemans Bay, Auckland, and travels whenever she can to see beautiful, inspiring gardens. Currently Chairperson of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (www.gdsnz.org.nz), Rose was also behind the Auckland Garden DesignFest

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Sandra Simpson, New Zealand, Tauranga

Sandra Simpson is a long-time journalist who in 2008 was asked to write a weekly garden feature for her local daily newspaper in Tauranga, New Zealand. Since then she’s visited beautiful gardens, met great people and attended several shows. In 2012 she started her own blog, Sandra’s Garden to share more of the people, places and events that make her corner of the world so bountiful.

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Rose Vermeulen - South Africa, Johannesburg

Rose Vermeulen comes from an IT and customer services background, and decided to change careers to Landscaping. She completed the full Landscape Design Course at Lifestyle College, and holds certification with the City and Guild of London. Rose joined forces in 2001 with Bernadine Drath to create Indigo Landscapes, a design and construction company based in Johannesburg, South Africa and winner of several garden show Gold Awards.

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Leon Kluge - South Africa, north-east

Leon Kluge is an award-winning landscape designer who was part of the successful South African team at Chelsea in both 2010 and 2012, and the Gardening World Cup in Japan in 2011. Leon is known for his modern, contemporary landscapes, sustainable community projects and his specialisation in vertical gardens. He is based in north-eastern South Africa. Leon Kluge Garden Design

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Jane Griffiths - South Africa, Johannesburg

Jane Griffiths is a television producer, writer, artist and traveller who has been growing organic vegetables and herbs in her Johannesburg garden for more than fifteen years. Her best-selling book Jane’s Delicious Garden led to a vegetable revolution in South Africa, with thousands of home growers following in her green footsteps. This was followed by Jane’s Delicious Kitchen, a collection of delicious recipes for cooking and preserving home grown produce. Her newly released Jane’s Delicious Herbs provides a wealth of information on growing and using nearly eighty different herbs, whether it is for cooking, healing, cleaning, pet care or simply feeling good. Visit Jane’s website at Jane’s Delicious Garden

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Lizette Jonker - South Africa, Pretoria

Lizette Jonker, the South African Garden Diva, is first and foremost a gardener, albeit a very restless and impatient one! She has worked as photojournalist and stylist for several South African magazines the past 20 years, inspiring readers with creative gardening, décor and craft ideas. She was editor of the very popular SA Garden magazine, until the publisher closed the magazine in 2012. She now freelances for Finesse and Garden & Home magazines, and gives regular talks at garden centres and clubs. She comes from a family of plant lovers who understand the need to share and explore everything that grows. She travels South Africa and the world in search of beautiful gardens to capture, usually accompanied by a small tour group organised by Thompsons Holidays. Her other big passion is singing – she is a trained dramatic soprano and vocal coach, and is part of the operatic group XQST. She shares a home in Pretoria, South Africa, with her handyman husband Chris, her son Duard, who is an opera student, and her mom Jean, who also loves gardening and has a rose named after her. You can follow Lizette on Facebook at Garden Diva

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Alice Spenser-Higgs - South Africa

I have been a garden writer for the past 12 years. It started with an epiphany in the riotously colourful Archbishop’s garden in Braga (Portugal). I thought: I can write and I can garden so why don’t I put the two together! Before that I was a features and arts writer, with a 10 year sojourn in politics (garden dirt is cleaner!). I contribute to garden magazines and newspapers, as well as writing for Ludwig’s Roses, BallStraathof/Kirchhoffs seeds, Healthy Living Herbs and Garden World. This blog is for recording my own garden experiments and sharing that experience in a way that is, hopefully, practical and helpful for other gardeners.

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Alison Stewart - UK, western Scotland

Freelance science and medical journalist, based in Edinburgh and gardening in Argyll, western Scotland, and Edinburgh

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Bernhard Feistel - UK, Norfolk and Germany, Saxony

Gardener and academic in rural England and sometimes also in his native Saxony, Germany; special interest in herb, maze and wildflower meadow designing and gardening. Norfolk, UK

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Jill Sinclair - India, New Delhi

Jill is a British landscape historian, based these days in New Delhi. She studied landscape design and history at Harvard, completed a Masters in garden design at the Inchbald School in London, and lived and worked for a number of years in Paris. Her first book was published by the MIT Press on a historic landscape in Massachusetts, and she now researches, writes about and lectures on designed landscapes across three continents. Follow her blog at Landscape Lover

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Maria von Brincken - USA, Massachusetts

Award-winning landscape designer, garden journalist and lecturer, certified practising designer with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), former contributing editor to Landshapes magazine. Sudbury, Massachusetts. Maria von Brincken Landscape & Garden Design

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Mary Gray - USA, Virginia

Garden designer and coach, and blogger at Black Walnut Dispatch – “mossy, fecund thoughts about gardening and nature”. Burke, Virginia

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Meleah Maynard - USA, Minneapolis

My name is Meleah Maynard and I garden in crazy-ass cold, zone 4 Minneapolis, Minnesota. My first book, co-authored with Jeff Gillman, Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations, was recently published by Timber Press. I don’t have a hort degree. I’m a longtime journalist and master gardener who loves asking people questions, doing research and learning something new every day. See my full blog at Everyday Gardener

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Tammy Schmitt - USA, Washington DC

I am a passionate middle school teacher and gardener. I’ve gardened in South Dakota, South Carolina, and in upstate New York near the Canadian border. My current garden, in an overdeveloped suburb near Washington DC, has been my most challenging. My desire to create a true refuge for our native birds and butterflies has helped me battle unpredictable weather and compacted clay soil. My garden isn’t perfect, but it’s always a beautiful escape. Read my full blog at Casa Mariposa

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