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About & Contact Us

Hello, my name is David Borthwick and I’m a horticulturist who has been involved in agriculture all my life.

I am passionate about growing food. But it didn’t always come easy to me.   dave1-copy.jpg

Having grown up in the country I was well aware of the challenges of working with nature. For a long time I muddled around growing a few things here and there but more often than not the crops would get wiped out by kangaroos, grasshoppers or a dry spell, just before they were ready to harvest.

It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that I started eating broccoli. I had tried the regular stuff in the supermarket, which was weeks old by the time it was transported to our area, and it was revolting!

Then one night we went next door to the neighbour’s for dinner and when it was served I thought, “oh no, I’m going to have to somehow eat that broccoli on the plate.” But from the first bite it tasted amazing, it had been home grown and picked that afternoon. I couldn’t believe the difference!

It was then and there that I decided I had to master the art of growing my own food.

Later, I moved to the city and as a horticulturist, I started helping others to find a way to grow the fresh food they needed in the small spaces they had.

I have thoroughly loved helping build vegetable gardens for schools, set up herb gardens for aroma therapy in nursing homes, planted fruit trees high up in apartment buildings and grown vegetables and replanted them on movie sets.

I have been asked to speak at many garden clubs, to set up displays at home and garden expos to help educate people how they can start their own edible garden and to conduct testing and research on many garden products. I went on to achieve Certified Nursery Professional status in 2008. Feel free to get in touch as I'd love to work with you to create the edible gardens you desire.


Call us by phone : Office 07 33936396

                        or Mobile 0400 339356

Send a letter to: Productive Gardens, PO Box 5419, Manly, Qld, 4179

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