I was introduced to the inspirational world of therapeutic horticulture and community gardening in 1998, while I was studying for a degree in Landscape Management at the University of Reading. After graduating I worked in a variety of jobs in both community education and horticulture. I gained experience as a gardener and in plant nurseries in both the UK and Australia before finding project management roles in community education. Eventually in 2011 I found my perfect employment combining my passion for plants and horticulture with my enthusiasm for community engagement at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. My role as community engagement manager has me overseeing a health and wellbeing programme, a kitchen garden that supplies the onsite café, an Edible Gardening Project and skills share programme both based around sharing horticultural skills. I think there is incredible value in experiencing gardening and the small miracle of sowing seeds and watching them germinate. I very much enjoy bringing people and plants together and sharing the joy of gardening.