Doing what I love

Doing what I love

Hi to all from Rosanna

My blog is for all you who live, as I do, in urban settings and who believe that small gardens are an invitation to be extra creative and who understand that  the onus is on us urbanites to do as much “greening” as we possibly can – these days I think we are in the majority.  In the suburbs people are taking care of wildlife; they are helping to keep pollution at bay with plant life and at the same time  improving the air we breathe and, of course, they are simply making the environment look more attractive – enhancing the towns and cities we live in with plants and flowers.

I am not looking to earn money from the blog, at least not for now, but to keep the gardening going by (necessarily) less physical means.  My regularly updated blog keeps me in touch and hopefully I can help other garden lovers too.


I ran my own gardening business for ten very enjoyable years.  At the same time I taught horticulture and gardening, both as leisure classes and for City & Guilds certification, and gave gardening talks.

My gardening life continues no with having the time to rejuvenate my own garden and to continue working my allotment plot of many years.  It’s seems strange but most of the professional gardeners I have known also grow vegetables on an allotment plot.  It amazes me that we don’t all do something entirely different –  I guess I am not alone in loving what I do.

Rosanna trimming topiary

I have also gained more time for making preserves, a long-felt wish and, over the last couple of years have been trying out jams, jellies and pickles.

I’ll be sharing problem-solving tips with you as they crop up and I’ll add any interesting gardening topics and tales as I hear about them.

Rosanna drives tractor during training

Gardening was a late career choice. Because I have enjoyed it that much it I often think it really ought to have been an early one. From the outset I was clear about studying so as to start with a sound theoretical skill base.  Then I did a year’s practical horticulture training.  I then felt equipped to market myself.

I always anticipated working for myself and I have been fortunate enough to work on some beautiful gardens and have met some very interesting people.

To keep skills up to date I regularly offered my temporary voluntary services to large gardens in exchange for them allowing me to learn something I was interested in.

I am not always muddy – other interests include photography, arthouse film and fungi.

It seems obvious to me that human beings were meant to be connected to the soil and the rich pickings modern society offers demands that sacrifice if we don’t make a point of staying connected to the natural  world we live in. It is good now to see so many people engaging in growing their own food with garden visiting one of the premier pastimes of the 50+ generation.

I am based in south east London and I try on most months to include a garden visit.  I search out the less well known gardens and green spaces and if I enjoy my visit, which I inevitably do, I shall be sharing it with you.

Please feel free to get in touch and/or comment at the foot of a post.  I look forward to hearing from you.