DESIGNER, AUTHOR, HERB GROWER
Canadian: born Prince Edward Island, raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Design Degree from School of Architecture, University of Manitoba, after University began world travel, settled in England; Lesley has 4 sons.
1965-75 BBC TV Production Designer: designed many programmes including 'Top of
the Pops', 'In Concert' & 'The Rise & Fall of Reginald Perrin'. Won 2 TV
1976 Moved with her family to Suffolk, England to start a small-holding, opened
Netherfield Herbs - Plant Nursery and Garden Design
1977 Won a National Competition to design the first Herb Garden for the Chelsea
1984 Own garden opened to the public and featured in the English Tourist Board's
'Celebration of English Gardens', 'The Herb Garden', Herb Society's 'English
Herb Gardens', 'Good Gardens Guide' 1990 onwards, 'Blue Guide to Gardens
of England' 1991 onwards and the 'AA Book of Country Gardens 94'
1983 Designed a herb garden for BBC TV programme 'Pebble Mill at One'; joined
their team to present 7 series on Herbs and Design (Live Television)
1984 Presented 5 programs on herbs for Life Style (Cable TV)
1987 Herb Guest twice on BBC TV's Gardener's World with Geoff Hamilton.
1989 Wrote and presented 'The World of Herbs' 5 part TV series for Channel 4 UK
and made 3 Herb Videos. The series was shown on 19 TV networks including
Canada, USA, Denmark, Japan
1990 onwards, Guest on several radio and TV programs BBC Radio 1, BBC 1, ITV
1998 Guest on Jane Asher's TV 'Good Living'
1998 Guest Julia Carling's TV Health & Beauty program 'Zest', twice
1999 Guest on BBC TV 'Style'
2000 Guest on 'Storyline'; BBC Digital TV
2007 Interviewed on BBC TV, Radio Suffolk & Essex for Chelsea Flower Show 2007
1984 The Herb Garden; Growing and Using Herbs to accompany BBC 'Pebble Mill at
One' TV series
1986 Complete Book of Herbs: DK, 18 editions, 14 languages, No 10 in the Sunday
Times non-fiction list. Sales over 2 million (this put 4 boys through university)
1988 The World of Herbs: to accompany the Channel 4 TV Series; 6 weeks on the
Sunday Times paperback best seller list. Also published in Canada and Denmark.
1991 The Pocket Encyclopedia of Herbs: DK now in many languages; sales _ million
1996 Pocket Garden Herbal
1997 The Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatic Herbal (Creating Moods with Herbs & Oils)
1999 Herbs (700 herbs of the World) DK Handbook; in 18 languages including
Chinese; sales over 1 million
2000 The Fragrant Herb Garden: Quadrille
2000 The Scented Home: Quadrille
2000 Essential Herbs: Quadrille: (Creating Aromatic Moods with Herbs and Oils)
2004 continuing magazine contributions on herbs & exploring connections between
plants, physics and Taoism
2007 Through the Moongate; Traditional Chinese Garden Ideas for the 21stC; in
PUBLIC HERB GARDENS DESIGNED
1997 Designed first Herb Garden for the Chelsea Flower Show
1983 Herb Garden for BBC TV Pebble Mill at One (daily program)
1991 Herb Garden for Westley Middle School Suffolk to introduce children to Herbs
with links to history, art, crafts, science and gardening.
1991 Consultant to Geffrye Museum, London walled Herb Garden
1994 Herb Garden for Falcon Inn, Castle Ashby, England
1994 Herb Garden for Cambridge Medical Centre
1997 Pilgrim's Herb garden for the Abbey Gardens, Bury St. Edmunds
2000 Millennium Healing Garden for Bury St. Edmunds Hospital
2006 Began Jungle Herb Trail project in Gambia
2007 First Chinese Show Garden at Chelsea; Bronze Medal
1984 Herb Society's lecture at Chelsea Physic Garden 'Designing a Herb Garden'
1990 1st Hampton Court Flower Show lecture; Elizabethan Herbs; 'M'Lady's Garden'
1992 Geffrye Museum London 'Through the Moongate' Chinese garden aesthetics.
1992 Geffrye Museum London 'Designing a Herb Garden'
1994 Geffrye Museum - 1st Herbal Summer School; workshop on 'The Herbal Rose'
1994 Taught 1 week Herbal Summer School in Lincoln, Boston USA - all subjects
1995 Regular Herb Workshops at Castle Ashby, England - all herb subjects
1996 Geffrye Museum Summer School: Classical Herbs Egypt, Greece & Rome
1996 VanDusen Bot. Garden BC Canada: January workshop 'Herbs';
1996 University of Manitoba & Assiniboine Park Manitoba; April - Creating Aromatic
Moods with Herbs and Essential Oils
1996 VanDusen Botanical Garden, BC Canada: May - Aromatic Herbs & Essential Oils
1997 Edwards Civic Garden Centre, Toronto; May Aromatic workshop & lecture
1998 Country Living Exhibition London; Creating Aromatic Moods with Herbs & Oils
1998 Ham House; June - Fragrance Lecture
1999 Keynote Speaker American Herb Society annual conference; June Ð Toronto
2000 British Herb Association; April - 'Fragrant Moods'
2001 Commissioned by Ballymaloe Irish Cookery School; May to teach a 3 day
Fragrant Moods Workshop (cancelled due to Foot & Mouth Disease)
2001 Commissioned to take Dutch tours around Herb gardens June 13, 16 and 30.
(Cancelled due to Foot & Mouth Disease)
2001 Geffrye Museum 'Fragrant Moods' study day
1987 6 week research trip in China: Herbs, gardens & art including plant hunter's Mt.
Omei Shan, Botanic Grdns in Cheng'du, Kunming, Hangzhou & Suzhou
1988 5 week trip China & Hong Kong: gardens, herbs, Qi Gong, Taoism
1991 World trip: use of native plants in Nepal, Thailand, Bali, Singapore, Japan,
Denver USA, Belize, Brazil (Rio area & Amazon, Manaus) and Bermuda
1993 Research/lecture trip to Denmark & Norway, Spain and Portugal
1994 Kanab Canyon, Utah to study desert plants and sacred Native herbs.
1996 Canada: British Columbia & Alberta, and South West Ireland to study local
plants and investigate potential sites for a Teaching Centre.
1997 Santa Fe, USA, autumn, visit Schools of Oriental Medicine & study Native plants
1999 Australia, Tasmania and Cambodia: Native plant use & sacred sites.
2000 Himalayas (Annapurna) via Nepal; local plants & sacred sites.
2001 Canadian Rockies; native tribes use of Herbs & sacred sites
2004-7 Developing Herbal Trail and Eco Tourist Centre in Gambia
2007 Nov. Trip to Beijing and Hangzhou to study Ancient Chinese Garden
Architecture and local garden plants.
FOUNDED CANADIAN HERB SOCIETY
1996 Jan 4, Inaugurated Alberta Branch in Edmonton
1996 Jan 12, Inaugurated BC group and National Committee in Vancouver
1996 April 26, Inaugurated Manitoba Branch of Canadian Herb Society
1997 Prince Edward Island; herb consultant for Vesey Seeds