Hi everyone, my name’s Leif; I was born in 1994 and grew up in rural Wiltshire where I spent my time running around the fields and woods looking for wild plants (as one does). I’m currently coming to the end of an orchid genetics PhD at Kew Gardens.
I’ve written a couple of books about Britain’s wild plants (very non-academic ones, check them out) and run plant identification training courses for The Species Recovery Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. In a world where an interest in botany is becoming increasingly rare, I want to help put plants back on the map and persuade you to learn your daisies from your dandelions – it might just be the best thing you ever do!
I love writing about plants! But you don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy these, I have tried to make them as accessible to the general public as possible
I’m currently doing a PhD at Kew Gardens. I’ve had a go at explaining it, so have a read!
I’m really enjoying sharing my botanical adventures through short videos at the moment – have a look at my YouTube channel to see what I’ve been up to