Behind the pages of The Gardener’s Notebook
Who is that gardener?
Hi, my name is Bonnie-Marie and I am a qualified Horticulturist. I first started writing blogs and The Gardener’s Notebook website back in early 2012 as a way to express my love for plants, photography and my desire to inspire others to get outside in the garden.
I post multiple blogs that range from plant culture, open gardens (follow me around), weekly highlights (Boots off Sunday), photo of the week (Natures pic), DIY/ How to videos and my podcast called ‘Botanical Creative’ that I co-host with my sister a botanical artist.
My daily lifestyle is spent enjoying the outdoors and family whenever possible. I work as a plant photographer and the head of marketing in one of Australia’s leading plant management companies. I also guest write in magazines, articles and blogs online.
One of my biggest accomplishments to date was producing (making, editing, writing – putting the whole thing together) the Gardenworld Magazine. I have now handed the rails over to the next person as I chase the next chapters in my journey. Watch this space as I am working on something new for you all!
only we can plant the seeds for tomorrow.
More About Me
From the early age of seven, I was fascinated with plants, and my obsession with them began. I started learning what I could about them and studying books, shows and documentaries at the age of eight.
In my early teen years, I studied Certificate two in Horticulture on top of my school studies; it was not long after I knew this was what I wanted to do in life. I made the difficult decision and left school to follow my passion for plants with a Horticultural Retail Nursery Apprenticeship at one of Australia’s leading garden centres. Whilst working full-time, I furthered my studies on top of my Certificate three in Horticulture and started a Diploma of Horticulture. As an apprentice, I was awarded by the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria ‘The Apprentice of the Year 2012′.
During my apprenticeship years, I guest appeared on the 3AW gardening program, ‘The Big Backyard’, often to share horticultural knowledge. After three short years, I completed my apprenticeship and diploma studies and was completely qualified at eighteen.
During my time in retail Horticulture, I was the department manager, green life buyer, social media/marketing manager, Gardenworld Ambassador, writer, magazine editor, and publisher. My work gained the attention of Channel 9 Garden Gurus, which I guest wrote for their magazine for three years before joining the presenting team on television. Still to this day, I presenter for the show.
Adding to my list of new experiences, I placed up the towel for Horticulture Retail. I took the jump and had a slight career change, and I am now working for one of Australia’s leading plant marketing and management companies. I am their lead marketing manager and plant photographer. Whilst still working within television, I find myself loving the new and exciting opportunities within this amazing industry.
The Gardener’s Notebook was established in 2012 as a way for me to share my knowledge, gardening experiences, photography and passion. I love meeting fellow gardeners and sharing tips and tricks. I hope that through this blog, I can inspire you to get outside and grow a plant for the first time and start gardening.
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