Helen Curran is a Sydney based qualified horticulturist. Helen has worked in retail nurseries for many years. Helen has been on 'Ask the Experts' panels at Gardening Australia Live and Sydney In Bloom and worked as a Tutor at TAFE.
Her love of plants comes from childhood memories of the gardens full of colour - sweet peas growing on the fence and their heavenly scent filling the air; the beautiful scent of stock; picking fuchsia flowers and turning them into ballerinas that twirled and danced on the palm of the hand; and snapdragons that would 'snap' open when the flower was gently squeezed on the sides.
After many years of growing cottage plants, Helen started to add tropical plants to her garden in Sydney. The success of these first tropical plants saw them gradually take over the whole garden. Her love of tropical plants has now seen her growing tropical plants in Sydney's colder western suburbs for over 15 years. Along the way Helen has learnt the likes and dislikes of each of the plants, proving that they will grow successfully in the right microclimate.
Helen loves to use the colour, texture and form of the plants to place them in the garden, so that they will stand out from each other. She is always looking out for something new to add to the garden, earnestly seeking out rare and unusual plants. This quest resulted in many visits to Darwin and tropical Queensland. Helen’s garden ‘Tropical Breeze’ has been open for many years as part of the Open Garden Scheme and has been featured on numerous television programs and in many gardening publications. It has been instrumental in awakening the tropical/subtropical plant craze in Sydney.
Adv. Cert. in Urban Horticulture
Cert. II in Bush Regeneration
Articles by Helen Curran in subTropical Gardening