Mal is originally from newcastle with over 29 years experience working in garden centres in newcastle and Maitland. Gaining experience with coastal and dry climate gardening, Mal owned his own garden centre in singleton for 9 years and was also a garden presenter on ABC Newcastle radio for 8 years.

Moving to Port Macquarie, he joined the team at Bonny Hillis Garden Centre in 2012. Roses are one of Mal’s gardening passions in addition to formal gardens and garden design.