Ian is a “transplanted” Scotsman and was raised in the seaside town of Gourock. After working for the local Parks Department, he went to the Threave School of Gardening in the south of Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society. On completion of his course, he was awarded an International Scholarship to study at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. He later returned to the US and has worked on a private estate on the outskirts of Philadelphia, a large garden center chain in Maryland, the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC and was Head Gardener at the British Embassy. In 1995 he moved north to his wife’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently the Lead Horticulturist for outdoors at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and over the years has been heavily involved in the design and layout of the Gardens. His main duty however is taking care of and having fun in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden.
Ian has spoken at local, state, national and international meetings, has written articles for several professional magazines and is currently writing a children’s book.