Follow the career path of this high achieving woman in horticulture.
Meet Charlotte Webb
Q: Was there a gardening influencer in your life and what impact did they have?
From a very young age, my brother and I spent many hours in the garden with my parents’ gardener. In my late teens, I had a unique opportunity to with Paul Sorensen as he revitalised my parent’s garden and helped set up our nursery. My third and most significant influencer was Allan Seale, who led excursions when I was at university. I have always strived to emulate Allan’s amazing plant identification skills.
Q: What attracted you to selling plants?
I find propagating plants ‘magic’. My first foray into propagating was as a child, when I was told if you put a bare branch in the ground it will grow into a new plant. So, at the age of nine, I broke off a cherry tree twig, stuck it in the ground and guess what – it grew!
My first job after university was running a wholesale conifer nursery; after four years I turned into a retail nursery. I now run a small online nursery – Lynwood Garden – featuring collectable and hard-to-find plants.
Q: You’ve been Chair of the new Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens for many years, what is its driving force?
Our original aim was to create a large central public park for the Southern Highlands. It quickly changed to become a 12-hectare botanic garden, showcasing the native and exotic flora of the Southern Highlands. Developing the gardens has been a slow process – we are community driven, with little or no formal funding.
Q: What advice would you offer to young women considering a similar career?
The horticulture industry has come a long way since the early 1980s. It is a good industry for women, with great flexibility. When I started, you could almost count the number of females in the industry on your fingers. A very different story to today.