Jean studied Horticulture at Studley College and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She had had a varied and interesting career in Amenity and Commercial Horticulture before specialising in Horticultural Education, with ten years of teaching Horticulture as a Therapy for students with Special Educational Needs and this proved to be a most satisfying part of her life.

Since retiring from full time educational work she has become more involved with South and South East in Bloom as both a judge and a trustee and now spends a great deal of the summer meeting wonderful gardeners and visiting floral displays all over the country. She also serves on an RHS Britain in Bloom committee.

Perennial (the Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society) Chestnut Tree Hospice and St Catherines Hospice are the three main charities she support by giving talks and gardening advice in order to raise funds. Following a long association with BBC local Radio, she works every other weekend for Radio Kent as the expert for Sunday Gardening and once a month for Radio Sussex and Surrey on the Dig It programme. Jean says "it is a marvellous opportunity to share knowledge with enthusiastic gardeners all over London and the South East and, just to ‘keep my hand in’, I have an allotment as well as a garden which is packed with interesting plants!"

Geoff Stonebanks, owner of Driftwood looks forward to welcoming Jean to the garden on the 7th July for his opening for the National Gardens Scheme and again on the 26th July when his garden will be part of the
Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail