David Hobson was born and raised in Yorkshire, England, but has made Canada his home. He has ink stains on his green thumb and lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where he loves to watch things grow—his children, his garden, his friends, and his compost heap. He has gardened wherever he has had soil to work with and built his first garden pond for his father, another passionate gardener. David created his first garden in 1969 and is now working on his third. Of course, it will never be finished, but it may not be his last one.
His garden has been described as "whimsical" although he calls it structured chaos. His favourite plants are anything that grows well, and he proudly proclaims to anyone who will listen that he is strongly committed to keeping his little patch of earth chemical-free.
In 1995 his garden won the Waterloo Horticultural Society award for "Best Garden" and was featured on the local Big Sisters Charity Garden Tour in 1996 and again in 2000.
A version of Chapter 4 of his first book, Soiled Reputations, was short listed for the 1996 Leacock Festival Humorous Short Story Competition, and his latest book, Diary of a Mad Gardener was published in August 2000.
For the past two years, David has been chair of his local Communities in Bloom Front Yard Competition, and in addition to operating the Garden Humour Website he is busy presenting weekly "Tips From a Mad Gardener" on CKWR 98.5.
David is always available for speaking and/or storytelling engagements. He has spoken to many gardening groups and horticultural societies, and in 1997 and 2000 he was a featured speaker at Canada Blooms, Canada's largest garden show garden show.
Visit David Hobson's site at http://home.golden.net/~dhobson