Stephen Flood first started gardening at the age of five growing a pot plant that won second prize at the spring school fair. Growing up Steve maintained a vegetable and flower garden for his mother plus planted and cared for fruit trees his father would bring home from the local nursery. After completing his senior school year Steve studied at Gatton College to obtain a Degree in Horticulture, graduating in 1974. He then travelled around Australia working in various aspects of horticulture including nursery, gardening and structural landscaping. During time spent in North Queensland a passion for tropical pants developed which motivates his love of gardening to this day.
Steve became a TAFE teacher in 1990 and taught horticulture and a diploma in conservation and land management for 22 years. After retiring from teaching his energy focused on growing tropical and sub-tropical foliage and flowering plants at his nursery in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Steve is a registered horticulturist who is a member of several plant societies and associations. He is often a guest speaker at meetings of garden clubs and has been a presenter at horticultural conferences.