Stuart Phillips is a director at the Gaia Consultancy horticultural training company. He trained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and worked for many years as a lecturer in horticulture, first at Reaseheath College in Cheshire and then at Moulton College, Northampton. His interest in the folklore of plants was first sparked as a result of his horticultural training. For more than fifteen years Stuart Phillips has been a regular contributor to BBC radio programmes, giving gardening advice and answering listeners' questions. He has also written articles on all aspects of horticulture for a number of periodicals.