Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself, how you came to be in the area and your connection to Crystal Castle.
I first came to the area about fifteen years ago from Germany. I had horticultural experience but of course the environment is so different from Australia and I felt like I almost had to start from scratch again.
I started a hobby nursery with a friend of mine just outside of Mullumbimby where we propagated everything from seed and cuttings. The nursery grew very big and my friend had to move on so I was left to manage it on my own and it became too much for me.
When Naren told me about his plans for the gardens at Crystal Castle I offered to sell my nursery and plants to him. Naren agreed and was excited by the rich varieties and species and because they had been propagated locally.
When we began designing the gardens for Crystal Castle we focused on choosing flowering plants for richness and colour. I was very excited about the plans, so much so that Naren asked me to head up the plant out team and this is how I began work at Crystal Castle.
I have a special connection with the gardens here and I feel I am around all my little children, which gives me such joy. My real aim is to provide people with understanding about the abundance of plants that we are privileged to grow at Crystal Castle and the surrounding area and to also inspire them with their own gardens.
Q. How long have you been part of the Crystal Castle team and what do you love about working here?
I have been working at Crystal Castle since the big plant out in 2005 and 2006 so, about 6 years now. Well, for me of course it is such an incredible team to work with. To work with someone who has such a creative vision is fantastic. It is such an incredible opportunity to be able to live my creativity and to be apart of such beauty for everyone to enjoy.
Q. Do you have a favourite dish from the Lotus Café?
The cakes, oh the cakes are just fabulous!
Q. Do you have a favourite statue or part of the garden?
Yes, the gardens around Lakshmi, particularly the red garden behind Lakshmi. I also really enjoy the gardens around Avalokiteshvara, Vishnu and Garuda. Those parts of the Buddha Walk are my favourites.
Q. If you could buy anything from the Crystal Castle, what would you buy?
Some of the big crystals like the large Rose Quartz in the gardens and the beautiful Clear Quartz generator at the beginning of the Buddha walk too.
Q. What is your favourite crystal and why?
I don’t really have a specific favourite, it changes all the time depending on what I am drawn to.
Q. Do you have a special moment or story about a Crystal Castle visitor?
Not one specific moment but I suppose for me it is just all of the lovely comments and feedback I get from visitors about the gardens and many say to me “When you are finished here can you come to my garden.”
Q. When did you get your first crystal and what was it?
When I was a teenager it was a Turquoise. I still love wearing Turquoise. They say Turquoise helps to protect against physical injury and are good for protection. I heard a story once about someone who fell and instead of breaking their leg their Turquoise broke instead. I wouldn’t want to break my leg, not in my job!