My name is Louise Curley and I’m a freelance writer and stylist with a passion for plants whether they’re growing in my garden, on my allotment or in the countryside.
I’m a great believer in the power of nature to transform our lives whether that’s a walk in a local wood, digging up home-grown potatoes or marvelling at a patch of wild flowers on the daily commute. In a world where it feels like humans are doing their very best to damage our incredible planet and where our connections with the natural world are being increasingly eroded nurturing your own plants is one of the best ways to feel like you’re doing something constructive to care for our environment.
And why Wellywoman? Well, I’m happiest when I’m in my wellies. If I’m wearing my trusty green boots it means I’m either in my garden surrounded by plants, at my allotment growing tasty fruit, veg and beautiful cut flowers or walking in the gorgeous countryside around my home. For some women, they’re happiest when their feet are ensconced in a pair of expensive Manolo Blahniks or Christian Louboutins, for me it’s a pair of mud-splattered wellies.
When I’m not sowing, picking flowers or digging up spuds I’m writing about plants. My first book The Cut Flower Patch was voted The Garden Media Guild’s ‘Best Practical Gardening Book of 2014’. I wanted to show that it’s possible to grow lots of cut flowers for your home even if you don’t have a lot of space. Based on my own experience of devoting a few beds on my allotment to cut flowers it’s a guide on how to grow, pick and arrange, with beautiful photographs from award-winning photographer Jason Ingram.
My second book The Crafted Garden is to be published in 2015.
This book brings together my passions of growing, crafting and nature. Project-based it takes you through the seasons with ideas on how to use plants you can grow in your garden, in containers or on your allotment to decorate your home or to make gifts for friends and family.
I write for the gardening section of The Guardian and for a variety of garden magazines including Gardeners’ World, The Garden – the magazine of The Royal Horticultural Society, Grow Your Own, Garden Answers and The English Garden.
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