Hi, I'm Helena Founder of The Urban Garden Companion. Born and bred in Sydney, Australia I learnt to garden there and in Europe and currently on the east coast of the US. I moved to NYC, to pursue a career in the performing arts, when my passion for gardening sprung to life. I wanted to share my knowledge and love for gardening through writing and visual mediums, as well as designing gardens.
I personally would love to see all types of city spaces turned into ecological projects, they don’t have to be big. Growing a little wilderness on a windowsill, or constructing an orchard or vegetable garden on a rooftop, is enough to create mini ecosystems in a cityscape.
I’m amazed at how it all started for me, with a short stint back in the day at a weekend farmers market in Angel in London. There, I was privy to the growing techniques of farmers, whom if I may say so had the most delicious produce I've ever tasted. Since then, I’ve been cultivating my horticultural skills. Now that’s a whole lot of DIRT, SWEAT and YEARS!
Lately, I’ve become obsessed with moss, my new ministry and teacher. Moss identification, which isn't anything to sneeze at, works hand in hand with my love for hiking. Growing wild in the forest, it keeps me fascinated for hours on the trail.