About Us || The story behind Bishy Barnabees


How it all began

When I was young I adored spending time in the garden.  Helping my father to sow carrots and beans or following behind my grandmother, watching her pick ripe tomatoes & crush bugs between finger and thumb (my grandmother had no time for bugs in her greenhouse!)

As I grew up, gardening became crucial to my well-being and happiness.  A sanctuary during difficult times, somewhere to relax and invite friends, a place to grow things with my own children when they were small, creating a vegetable patch and flower gardens when time allowed and always, always just loving time spent outdoors, creating, nurturing, tasting.

The Early Years

I worked for many years in Early Years and Primary schools and made sure gardening was included at some point during the week.  Allowing the children to take ownership of their garden and teaching them patience, resilience, failure and success and the satisfaction of harvesting and eating what they had worked so hard to grow…it was always a delight to see the happiness and pride they took in tending and nurturing their garden.