Doug’s passion with plants stated, when at the tender age of 13, he won the contract to supply the village shop with freshly grown vegetables.
After training as a professional horticulturist Doug has worked in roles as diverse as cucumber and tomato lecturer, pumpkin producer, plant propagator, interior landscaper and garden designer.
After over 20 years working in horticultural education, where he was Head of Horticulture at one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges Doug is now enjoying the freedom of working for himself.
To keep out of mischief Doug also presents a two-hour gardening phone in on BBC Radio Humberside – “The Great Outdoors” which is one of the most popular local radio programmes in the region.
Doug has been widely published and has contributed to both radio and television programmes.
In his free time he enjoys striding across hill and dale (well at the start of the day that is – in truth, at the end of the day there is a lot more waddling, wheezing and puffing rather than striding!)
Doug has traveled widely and enjoys plants, his beloved Mac computer and red wine in almost equal measure.
As well as being Editor of the Plant Enthusiast, Doug gives talks to gardening clubs, has a professional Garden Centre Blog, and is Chief Executive of the Garden Centre Academy, which offers professional training solutions to the Garden Industry.