Prior to retirement I had extensive experience in teaching and teacher related activities in Queensland and Tasmania.
I have eclectic interests in gardening and am a Member of the Queensland Rose Society, a vegetable gardener and am fascinated with growing indoor plants and ferns from spores. I began to learn to garden differently on moving to Tasmania and redeveloped two established gardens in Hobart over time. I have learned to grow different plants, shrubs and vegetables at different times of the year to the sub-tropics and have had a reasonable measure of success at growing tomatoes to produce fruit just after Christmas. In this cooler climate I have also developed an interest in growing rock garden plants and have been a member of the Scottish Rock Garden Club and the Alpine Garden Society. We have recently down-sized and I have begun the process of building a small garden from scratch on the bones of my previous vegetable garden, rose garden and small orchard.
I served as the President, Lenah Valley Garden Club for 6 years and after a year of rest have again joined the club’s committee.
I am strongly committed to the opportunities offered through Garden Clubs of Australia to serve the needs of garden clubs across all Australian states and territories. I enjoy exploring alternative approaches to delivering services to affiliates as well as new services in a technologically changing world. My wife and I have reached temporary rapprochement on the subject of my gardening interests. Dirt under the fingernails is an anathema to her, however, she genuinely appreciates the fruits of my gardening efforts.