Emma is a single mum, teacher, pianist, writer, gardener, conservationist and amateur naturalist and plantswoman.
She is Founder and Chief Doer of The Heart Gardening Project, a charity that joyfully connects humans to humans, humans to nature and nature to nature through street gardening. Through THGP, Emma revels in connecting the dots between different people and fields of expertise, different critters and also connecting to the world through her street gardening, getting completely covered in dirt and creating positive change.
In addition to this, Emma has been a professional pianist, teacher and performance coach for the last 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the QLD Conservatorium (after gaining entry at 15), her AmusA (which she achieved at 13) and runs a studio from her home in South Melbourne.
In her 40 years, Emma has also been cabin crew for Emirates airlines, sold 40s style Melbourne made clothing, been a porter at a 5 star hotel, worked in fine dining and sold Japanese antiques. Along with all of the above, her 12 year battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome helped shape her to be the person she is today.
Emma has written and self-published a book, Melbourne Pollinator Corridor Handbook, and has had her images and words appear in numerous publications including Green, Sanctuary and Diggers magazines. The handbook is an accessible and factual intro to native bees, street gardening, gardening for biodiversity and gardening. Basically, Emma wrote the book she would have wanted at the beginning of her gardening journey!