Cripes, I thought it was probably time to update this page, seeing as when I last updated it, five years ago, I was in the throes of planting a wildflower garden to get hitched in here at Foggydale Farm in the Hunua Ranges, south-east of Auckland.
Fast forward five years and I’m married (still, ha!), to Jason, and we have two boisterous boys (Lucas, 4.5, and Lachie, 3)… not to mention a mongrelesque menagerie of pets and stock: four cats, two dogs, two kunekune pigs (Apple Sauce and Plum Chutney), eight free-range (evil garden vandalising) chooks, a small clutch of (wild-eyed) Limousin cattle and three dozen sheep.
We all live a largely self-sufficient life on a large smallholding – 60 acres – in a rural village in the outermost fringes of Auckland. Since moving here I’ve planted nearly 300 fruit trees, pushed the fences out into the paddock a few times to make room for more cut flowers, converted the farm’s unused equestrian arena into a huge formal potager with 40 beds and put in an almond orchard (not particularly successful). I love gardening, and I’m blessed to have made this wonderful, life-giving, fulfilling hobby (translation: obsession) my career.
I am editor-at-large of NZ Gardener magazine, a weekly columnist for the Sunday Star-Times, a gardening broadcaster (listen in to Newstalk ZB’s Saturdays with Jack Tame for our weekly chat at about 10.40am), TV presenter (Get Growing on Choice TV), speaker and workshop host. To get in touch with me, email firstname.lastname@example.org.