Hello, thanks for visiting Dogwooddays blog. I’m Nic, a garden and nature writer based in Hertfordshire, UK.
I enjoy growing fruit, vegetable and herbs (especially more unusual crops like oca, fat baby achocha, tree chillies and lots of interestingly coloured vegetables and fruit) and attracting all manner of wildlife into the garden. I generally pack more into my fairly small plot than is perhaps entirely sensible. If only my recurring dream where I find an extra section of allotment-like space at the bottom of the garden were true!
I love cooking with food from the garden, allotment and hedgerows. I’ve been foraging for ingredients since I was a child and have wonderful memories of scouring the Welsh lanes and mountains for hazelnuts, blackberries and bilberries. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease seven years ago and now run a gluten free kitchen, so growing my own food plays a key role in making tasty meals for the family.
I’ve been in love with language and nature since childhood. After an MA in English (focusing on the links between science and literature) and 12 years teaching, I retrained in horticulture and garden design with the RHS and Capel Manor College. I enjoy writing about all aspects of plants, nature, conservation and the environment.
I work as a freelance writer Gardeners’ World Magazine and the RHS The Garden magazine. I’m a member of the Garden Media Guild and I’m a Guardian Country Diarist, The English Garden, The Garden Design Journal, Back from the Brink and Landlines: British Nature Writing. Last November, I was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild Environmental Award. I’m also currently writing a book exploring the ways we engage with the wild in the everyday landscape.
Happy Gardening 🙂
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