The thrill of shared gardening started over 15 years ago for me when encouraging and enabling Highland schools and communities to grow more fruit, vegetables and flowers. Time in a variety of outdoor focussed roles has allowed me to pass on my enthusiasm of getting my hands in the soil (i.e. dirty) with people of all ages and abilities. For nearly 10 years I was incredibly fortunate to be able to practice what I was “preaching” by living and loving my 11 acre croft, 15 miles west of Inverness. During this time I helped set up a community garden on the croft, became involved with Trellis, Caley’s Grow and Learn Award and, for a short time, Maggie’s Highland at Raigmore Hospital as their therapeutic gardener. Working as a relief gardener at Inverness Botanic Gardens for several years developed my knowledge and understanding of how others also benefit from horticulture. Encouraging and enabling others to be involved in growing is a natural pleasure.