I am a book blogger and author. I am always looking to learn more about nature, health & happiness. In my day job I help run two garden centres.

Author of The Cactus Surgeon: Using Nature to Fix A Faulty Brain

Living in London, I suffered burnout and was diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder. With no information available to help me, I found my own way to get better.

Growing up in a garden centre, my childhood was full of nature and plants. This was in stark contrast to the concrete of the capital, where I became unwell. In searching for the answers to my illness, I wondered whether being torn from my pot and replanted in a more hostile environment was the reason my body started to malfunction.

After seeking out alternative therapies, and moving to the countryside of North Essex, my ‘green recovery’ continued.
The Cactus Surgeon is a nature and health memoir full of mindful moments, savouring the small wonders of nature.

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About The Author

Hannah Powell (née Bourne) is Communications and HR Director for the Perrywood Garden Centres she runs with her dad and two brothers. When she was six years old, she wanted to be a cactus surgeon.

Before coming back into the family business, she had a successful career in PR and marketing, running high-profile campaigns for clients, including Barclaycard and Domino’s Pizza. She was part of the team that launched Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual campaign to encourage young people to set up businesses worldwide.

She now lives in North Essex with her husband, daughter and many plants.

Hannah is media trained and available for interviews, Q&As, signings and podcasts.

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New Project!

I’m working on a new book. The working title is ‘Only In A Garden Centre’ and it will lift the lid on funny stories from garden centres across the UK.

Would you like to contribute? Find out more.

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