Sara Whelan is a garden designer living near New Ross, Co. Wexford. She first learnt about plants from her grandmother who lived near the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. She studied science at UCD and worked in education for almost 40 years. After taking early retirement, she studied for a Diploma in Garden Design and was a finalist in the national student design competition run by the Garden and Landscape Design Association (GLDA). Sara has designed and made many gardens, from tiny city gardens to coastal gardens, a school garden, community gardens, and her own country garden in Wexford. She ran the New Ross Grow It Yourself (GIY) group for 10 years and currently helps to maintain three public display beds in the town, which promote biodiversity, herbs, edible flowers and vegetables. Sara is a graduate of the Garden Design Academy of Ireland, a member of the Irish Garden Plant Society, and the Wexford Garden and Flower Club, and a Friend of the Garden and Landscape Designers Association.