Meet: The Garden Clinic Team01 May 2015 Brenton Jones
Graham Ross leads our inspiring team to help you create the garden of your dreams. And let's face it - just getting our fingers into the earth - makes us feel immeasurably better.
At home in the Ross family patch!
For us, gardens feed the soul , warm the heart and delight the eye. This is what we're about. We do dirty fingernails, muddy boots, infrequesnt vacuuming, seed sowing and posy picking.
Graham Ross, Head Gardener, Founder of the Garden Clinic, 1983
With the boundless enthusiasm of a summer choko vine in full flight , Graham rarely rests. A gardener since the age of 4, Graham started sharing his know-how early on, and has never stopped. Whether he’s talking just to you, a garden club for 40, to 1.1 million viewers on Better Homes and Gardens TV, or his 250,000 loyal listeners on his radio show, it’s always the same Graham Ross; the same smile, the same RM’s boots and the same dependable advice. He’s pretty chuffed with his latest three international awards: his Veitch medal awarded to him by the Royal Horticultural Society, a Gold Laurel from the HMA and Golden Wattle Award from the AIH Australia institute of Horticulture. But hey, he's also chuffed that his family want to hang around!
He collects blue bottles, loves a day by himself pottering with his transistor radio (listening to the Beatles) and drives just a little too fast! His favourite plant is the ginkgo. Favourite beverage: whisky, ice and milk (Yep, milk).
Linda Ross, Gardener, Teacher
Linda is a Sydney based, landscape architect and horticulturist, who since graduating has never worked a day in a landscape architectural studio! Instead she crashed headlong into her family’s love of all things vaguely horticultural. She is the doyenne of garden and horticultural communications; enjoying broadcasting radio, making magazines and the social side for both Garden Clinic and Ross Tours. She regularly visits the world’s gardens, garden festivals and flower shows. She is a proud show garden judge at the Australian Garden Show Sydney and has written a number of books; her favourite being Frangipani.
Loyal kombi-driver and devoted mother of two sweet natured souls, she loves working with smiley-happy-people. She lives beside the sea with her blue cattle dog, ginger cat and two kids. She eats too fast, hates when her ginger nut biscuit mudslides into her cuppa tea, and is allergic to housekeeping. She describes her garden as Port Douglas meets Singapore Sling. Her favourite plant is frangipani. Favourite beverage: whatever's open.
Keep in touch with her: Instagram @linda_kirin_ross and @gardenclinicclub. Facebook: Linda Ross and The Garden Clinic. Email email@example.com
Sandra Ross, Horticulturist, Rose-lover and Teacher
Sandra was a radiographer turned horticulturist turned garden lover. You will find her on the hotline, taking our tours and teaching our classes. She’s our brains trust and that’s how we like it. She lists her rose garden as her favourite place to be and roses (only the old-fashioned varieties) as her favourite flowers, perennials (to match the roses), and her grandchildren as her favourite things. Her favourite song is Barcelona by Freddie Mercury! Favourite beverage: Champagne or Hendricks gin, it’s a toss-up.
Robin Powell, Editor, Storyteller, Photographer
Robin was born to write. Her career now spans writing two columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and writing/editing/photographing for our gorgeous magazine. She is a collector of interesting people and a great teller of stories. We love her enthusiasm for those beautiful moments where people, culture, plants, food, art and design spark something special.
She has a stunning tropical Sydney garden which gives you that enviable feeling of being on holiday. Favourite beverage: sake. Read more from Robin at www.robinpowell.com.au
Luisa Brimble, Creative, Photographer
Sydney based photographer, founder of Alphabet Journal and mother of two. Interesting fact: Luisa says ‘freakin!’ a lot when collaborating with us on our beautiful images. A fortuitous meeting with Linda at Glenmore House has cemented the look of this website and for that we are eternally grateful. Favourite beverage: bubbles.
Keep in touch with Luisa’s beautiful images on her website www.luisabrimble.com or on her to-die-for Instagram feed @luisabrimble
Mez Woodward, Helpline Horticulturist
Mez completed her Diploma of Horticulture in Landscape Design (with Distinction) at Ryde College of TAFE. Her experience includes working as a nursery horticulturist, conducting landscape consultations and ‘house calls’ for The Garden Clinic. She thinks Australian native plants can be used so much better and believes Sydneysiders could go a long way to improve our front gardens and maximise the street appeal of our homes. She enjoys a prosecco and just can't live without Breynia nivosa rosea (Snow Bush). Members can chat with Mez on our Helpline.
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