Working to establish one of Brisbane’s largest native plant nurseries while studying for an arts degree, Jackie attained her diploma in the arts but chose to stay in the field of horticulture. This enabled her to combine a passion for travel with a desire to work outdoors and allowed the broadening of her knowledge from Australian natives to all facets of the industry. She has gone on to establish her own business that covered all aspects of landscaping from design to implementation and resulted in award-winning gardens ranging from Yeppoon to Sydney.
Currently residing in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Peachester, Jackie continues to work on gardens in the local area and her own garden has become a popular release site for rehabilitated local fauna. She has also taken on the role of environmental manager in a sand mine at Ningi where her job includes rehabilitation of degraded areas, biodiversity management and the implementation of monitoring programs to ensure the pristine quality of the nearby Pumicestone Passage remains unaffected by mining practises. Liaising with local government communities and indigenous peoples on environmental issues is an added bonus.
Working with Earth FX has been a highlight in recent years that included being part of a team that travelled to Zambia to lay the foundations for an exciting new project. The Zambian Project will see the establishment of a wildlife hospital as well as the implementation of education programs to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity for the health and wellbeing of the people and the country.