Judy began her career as a primary schoolteacher before falling in love with her five acre bush garden and studying horticulture in the early 1980s. After graduating from Ryde School of Horticulture she worked as a retail nursery garden adviser and a bush regenerator for the NSW National Trust for a number of years. Her radio experience began more than twenty years ago when she was asked to be a holiday replacement for Valerie Swane on ABC 702 in Sydney (then 2BL). Over the years she has also filled in for Graham Ross and Don Burke on their respective shows. For the last fourteen years, Judy has been one of the weekend regulars who answer gardening questions on ABC 702 “Weekends with Simon Marnie” program.


Judy has been the recipient of the Horticultural Media Association Hall of Fame Gold Laurel and the NSW Nursery Industry Association’s Allan Seale Award for her contribution to gardening media. In 2012 she was presented with the Golden Wattle Award, the highest award from the Australian Institute of Horticulture, for her contribution to horticulture. A few weeks later she received an Award of Merit from the Nursery & Garden Industry of NSW & ACT for her outstanding contribution to the industry.


Judy currently works for Botanica World Discoveries as a botanical guide.