Who are you anyway?
Good question. I'll tell you when I figure that out myself!
In the meantime, I can at least tell you a bit about myself. My name is Lis Morris, and I've had an interest in gardening and wildlife for as long as I can remember. The vast variety of plants is what attracted me to it- there is always something new to learn about, and some amazing fact you were unaware of. For instance, did you know that trees are fatter and shorter during the day than they are at night? Or that vanilla pods come from orchids? Or that the most common protein in the world is used in photosynthesis?
Ok, I better stop now before I get carried away!
This lifelong love of plants led me to study them in depth, and I gained first of all, a degree in Botany, and then another degree in Plant Pathology (I sometimes wonder if I got that second degree just so I could tell people I was a pathologist and watch them try to avoid shaking my hand!).
During my degrees, I did a lot of volunteer work for the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, working with local children's clubs and schools to educate children about wildlife in the Cheshire area. It was great fun, and children love a chance to get outdoors and have fun!
After I had finished my student days, I got work in a garden centre. I worked for many years in various centres, finally getting up to the level of Plant Area Manager- that poor person who is in charge of keeping all the plants alive and healthy in the centre. The work was exhausting and great fun, but I found I was getting more and more work from people who simply wanted advice in their gardens or evening talks. I started to do visits to people's houses to give them advice, and talks for local social clubs, and it all began to snowball. And so, Garden Geeks was founded and is now my full time job. I have a lot of contacts within the gardening industry, and so I can get my hands on a lot of different plants, rare or common.
Where does the name come from? Well, thanks to my obsession with plants, I got called a geek a lot. And yes, it seemed appropriate, so I kept it!
I hope you find something that interests you in these pages. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need help in your garden. I look forward to hearing from you!
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