About Geoff

Starting my green fingered nature off in the depths of Suffolk it perhaps isn’t any surprise that I’m a little hippyish. My mother was always gardening, and I soon acquired a little patch in the 3/4 acre Vicarage garden to call my own. A pond, a plant, a small tree later and I was hooked, and whilst I may not have been the most attentive gardener, my green roots had been started.

Moving to London to go to uni, I studied Zoology and Marine Biology, before finding myself in a dead-end job with no escapism. Three long years (if felt like decades) later, and with my personality all but crushed by the 9-5 dread that society puts us in, I quit and started gardening full-time. The allotment came my way, then the chickens. Clients started flooding in, and I now spend many, many happy hours pruning, mowing, clipping. I’m outside, I’m free of my air conditioned cubicle. Life is GREAT!

Gardening

I currently run a landscape design and maintenance company in the suburbs of London on the edge of Essex. Whether a total re-design is needed or simply the lawn cut and shrubbery tidied then I can be your man. I specialise in reinvigorating tired gardens and making landscaping changes that won’t break the bank but will allow for full enjoyment of the garden.

Meanwhile I also work in the TV industry, especially for shows such as ITV’s ‘This Morning’ programme as a behind the scenes garden expert. I write and share gardening knowledge and am involved with a number of marketing and social media companies to help spread my gardening passion. I also present on The Horticultural Channel.tv as a member of the gardening show’s new presenting team, and have worked with Sky1 HD to produce webisodes for Rooftop Rainforest.

Horticultural Writer

As a freelance writer, I have a wide range of experience under my belt from writing briefs and biographies on celebrities for the TV industry to supplying conversational and SEO content articles for the web. I work with several clients ghostwriting daily blogs where my work ranges from financing and medical news to sports coverage and conservation pieces. However, my passion remains with gardening and I am a consummate garden writer. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding article or copywriting work at: geoffwakeling(at)theguidetogaygardening(dot)com.

Fiction

Nope, they’re not gardening books, but fiction!! As well as writing this blog, in April 2012 I set out on a publishing journey that has taken me on an interesting ride. My debut series, Inside Evil, launched in April and now has four books published with the fifth and final installment due October 2014. and my zombie novella landed in February 2013. Aside from gardening, I’m a passionate science fiction geek and have put my creative nerdiness into my CRYO series. There’s also a quick zombie novella if you’re in the mood.

To find out more, visit GeoffreyWakeling.com or click the books below.

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Hi,

I'm Geoff, and I'm a plant hoarder.

Like magpies collect bright shiny things, I can't resist plants. An exquisite flower, soft ferny foliage or a beautiful majestic tree - I love them all!

Here, I'll indulge in all things flora and share my passion. Join me as I develop my garden and hoard more plants without apology.