Barb Skilton - Boyanup Botanicals

When did you join the industry and what was your first job?

I started in a nursery eleven years ago and my first job was consolidating farm trees out there in 40°C heat and I thought, “What the h&%^$!”. I still do it in 40°C heat now.

If you could invite one person (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be?

Ummm, if I invite anyone it would probably be my mum who has passed away. I couldn’t imagine anything worse that sitting down with Brad Pitt!

Other than gardening, what is your favourite pastime?

Oh gawd, it’s really only gardening. I like travelling but I don’t get the time for much anymore. I just went to Rottnest though.

Who has been your biggest influence (work or life)?

I think it was always just my family. Family is everything and everything I do is to strive for something better for them.

Somewhere you would like to visit?

I want to go to see the “Gardens by the Bay” in Singapore. I’ll get to it one day.