Thomas Hobbs was "born obsessed with plants" and had his first greenhouse at age six. He has gone on to become an internationally known impresario of garden and floral design, and he emphasizes the importance of design as a means to connect with the earth. He runs Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, Canada, and his private garden has been featured in many prominent magazines, including Horticulture, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, and Garden Design. Tom has a weekly television show in his native Canada in which he offers gardening tips and encourages gardeners to tap into their creativity for design projects. He has been featured on Martha Stewart Living, and gives popular lectures across North America on inspirational garden design. His first book was the acclaimed bestseller Shocking Beauty, and The Jewel Box Garden is his equally stunning sequel.