Michael Lavelle is a committed environmentalist and a keen observer of nature since his early childhood in Lancashire. Michael studied horticulture at Askham Bryan College in York and environmental management at Wye College in Kent. He worked as a professional landscaper before starting a career as a horticultural lecturer in the early 1990s. Michael has designed and constructed several educational exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show, achieving prestigious gold medals in 1999 and 2003. He currently works as a senior lecturer in landscape management at Writtle College in Chelmsford, England and won the Guild of Garden Writers Award in 2000 for his book, Organic Garden.