You are an author, magazine editor and TV presenter, with gardening being the thing that ties all these roles together. What drew you to gardening? I have always loved gardening. My parents were avid gardeners, and my dad had the best veggie garden. Mom had a shade house with potted anthuriums and orchids, all of which were in pots made by my dad. I still have these pots, which are now in my shadehouse with my late mom's anthuriums growing in them. We lived in Umzinto, a rural town 30km inland of Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. I am eternally grateful that we were so far out because this isolation formed the basis of what gardening means to me today. Weekends were spent in the veggie garden, potting anthuriums, building chicken runs and feeding all our domestic animals, and the most rewarding part was going round and picking the produce. So, to answer the question, gardening is in my blood. How do you combine so many different roles? It is a team effort. I have so many ...

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