Marina Christopher studied biology and ecology before starting life as a nurserywoman in 1984. In 2002 she created Phoenix Perennial Plants, a nursery growing hardy and unusual plants. The nursery’s emphasis has always been to provide a balanced ecosystem, of benefit to wildlife, notably insects. Marina regularly supplies plants to top garden designers, including to several large gardens at Chelsea Flower Show each year. In 2006 Marina’s first book ‘Late Summer Flowers’ was published by Frances Lincoln (UK) and Timber Press (US). She is a writer, lecturer and presenter on plantsmanship and gardening.