Growing up in rural Holland, my childhood was spent on an orchard and tree nursery, and this influenced my career choice from an early age. I studied Horticulture at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. After graduating I took up a lecturing position at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. For more than twenty years I taught a range of subjects, including landscape design, horticulture, landscape management, and plant identification. I also conducted research into landscape-related issues, and successfully completed a PhD degree in 1996.
Since 2008 I have been running my own landscape design practice First Nature. I design private gardens as well as landscapes for schools, kindergartens, and parks. I maintain several gardens. I also write a design column for the local weekly newspaper.
Through Scene Outside I would like to share my experience, knowledge and ideas. I hope you will be inspired to create your own outdoor masterpiece.
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