I’d rather write about a turnip than write about myself (and I don’t like turnips much but did you know that they are one of only two vegetables containing trace elements of arsenic – the other one is cabbage* ) but I never read a blog without wanting to meet the person behind it.
So here I am, a Sydney-based writer and photographer.

Robin PowellGardens, food and travel have been my endlessly fascinating subjects for many years now. I write a weekly column about gardens and gardening in Spectrum in the Sydney Morning Herald and am the editor of the Garden Clinic Journal. My garden writing and photography have appeared in Vogue Living, Australian Good TasteYour Garden and several much-lamented former magazines. I was the first food and wine editor on Who Weekly magazine, and for years wrote a column on seasonal produce in the food section of the Sydney Morning Herald.  My travel stories and pictures have featured in magazines and newspapers from Delicious to Australian Doctor, The Australian to Feast.

As a gardener I’m not always committed, but when I have some time there is nothing I find more soothing, uplifting and satisfying than a day playing at planting, clipping, planning, even weeding.

As a cook I favour vegetables. I’m not a vegetarian but breakfast is the only meal that goes by without plenty of veg.  My friends and family know me as Queen of the Salad, a sobriquet I’m thrilled to wear.

As a traveller I like finding new places, revisiting old ones, and souveniring food and garden ideas. I prefer comfort to camping and if the food’s no good there better be a great something else to make up for it.



On copyright
Everything published  here is written by me and photographed by me, unless otherwise stated.
If you’d like to use one of my images on your private blog, let me know. I’m happy to share. If you’d like to use images on a commercial site, let me know. I’m happy to negotiate a fee.

On privacy
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On disclaimers
My point of view is my own and is not for sale. Where my experience has been paid for by someone other than me, I will let you know. Products I mention are mentioned only because I like and use them.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Leonie Barton says:

    Dear Robin, I recently read your article in the SMH as I do every weekend (Naturally Noteworthy) and following up, came across it here again in your blog. I too am working towards that journal book on my garden, in my case it is more to pass along to my daughter, should she either inherit my garden or at least my love of being in the green. I am lucky enough that as I work at home (as an illustrator), I am able to lunch amongst my cuttings that have gone on to populate my garden and I get to sketch and paint them when time allows. As one that dreams of the elusive beautiful journal, I am extending the painted thumb to the green thumb, and if you ever need some help or advice on executing those pictures for your garden journal, you are welcome to get in contact. Persist with your journal – don’t wait for it to be perfect, I wasted a lot of life waiting for perfect. Done is better than perfect. I hope this note finds you well. Regards Leonie

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