I’m a gardener, aspiring plantsman and all-round plantaholic, an addiction which developed over many years working as a curator of the herbarium collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural History Museum in London. I’ve now embarked on a new adventure, in the wonderful world of horticulture.

Plants have many wonderful qualities: often beautiful, sometimes tasty, always with fascinating stories to tell, they quietly support all life on the planet. Perhaps most excitingly, they can be gathered together from the most exciting and dramatic parts of the world – the Cape of South Africa, the rainforests of Southeast Asia or South America, the Australian bush or the forests of China – and be kept alive in your own home or garden, wherever you live. All you need to get started is a packet of seed…

My name is Jonathan and I live with my husband Rob in Camberwell, south London, where we grow plants from over 140 different families in our garden. This blog aims to document the development of our mini backyard botanic garden, the stories behind some of the plants that grow here, the occasional visit to other gardens, as well as general musings on gardening and botany. Join me in pushing the boundaries to discover what botanical wonders I can get away with growing in London.