helen roberts


Mendip Gardening School is run by Helen Roberts.

The world of plants has always fascinated Helen. Her curiosity began when she was three years old attempting to help out on the family allotment and this interest has grown ever since. Combining her botanical curiosity and enthusiasm to discuss gardens, landscape and plants with people, progressed into horticultural and botanical teaching and writing.



Helen originally trained as a plant scientist,  obtaining an Applied Plant Sciences degree, followed by a Masters of Research in Biology, both from the University of Manchester. She then completed a MA in Landscape Design at the University of Sheffield, from which Helen worked as a landscape architect in Manchester for a leading UK landscape architecture and urban design practice, Gillespies. Whilst there she worked in many different areas: landscape design, strategic masterplanning, fieldwork and landscape and visual impact assessment. Following this, she has been involved in garden design, management and planting consultation on a number of different projects in the South West. Since 2016 she has been an associate lecturer at a FE college in Somerset and teaches on a number of the courses including RHS level two and level three, horticulture, arboriculture, soil and plant science and garden history. 


She has travelled widely with her horticultural passion, from spending time in Svalbard examining the very stunted but extremely tough Arctic Willow (Salix arctica), to investigating diseases of greenhouse tomatoes in British Columbia and exploring the beautiful gardens and natural landscapes of southern Sweden.