Prior to enrolling into the Undergraduate Agronomy Study Programme
at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, and ultimately graduating, I had already made sure to gain valuable knowledge and experience by taking up student jobs at the Ljubljana Botanical Garden
, several local nurseries as well as garden centres. Meeting Mrs. Jelena de Belder Kovačič
and learning through work at her estate, Hemelrijk, in Belgium
in 2002 was, however, my first professional turning point. In 2009, I revisited Belgium as a volunteer/trainee to work at the Arboretum Kalmthout
In 2012, I was invited for the first time by Borut Benedejčič to contribute to his garden creation at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Borut had up until then already been awarded a gold medal and aword for the best garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show 2009. Collaborating with him constituted a compelling story in my professional career. After all, he is an horticultural expert from the Karst Region, and the most widely recognized Slovenian garden design giant abroad. Borut invited me to grow perennials from seed for his garden Pepina zgodba (Pepa’s Story). Ultimately, the garden received the second highest recognition, a Silver Gilt Award. Three years later, I reunited with Benedejčič to contribute to another one of his garden design projects, called Vodna postaja (Water Station), also exhibited at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. I prepared a proposal focusing on herbaceous perennials, and grew them for the event. This garden, too, received the second highest recognition, a Silver Gilt Award.
Since 2009, I have been managing my own nursery in Ljubljana, specializing in perennials. Since then, I have also been writing for several horticultural magazines, supplement publications and newspapers. In addition to writing articles, I dedicate some of my time to writing books. Among them, one in particular should be mentioned, as it was translated for the foreign (French) market and entitled Vivaces sans arrosange (Translator’s Note: Growing perennials without water). In 2016, my career took another major turn, as I became editor-in-chief of the horticultural magazine Rože in vrt (Flowers and Garden).