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Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist, gardener, writer and broadcaster who combines medical training with a love of botany. Raised in Ireland, she now lives with her husband on a 160-acre farm and forest in Merrickville, Ontario.
When her parents died when she was 11, she was taken under the care of a Brehon wardship in the South of Ireland, after which she was raised by an uncle who taught her everything from physics to Buddhism and Gaelic poetry. She was one of only two women among over 100 men to graduate in science from University College Cork in 1963, where she had taken on a “crushing load of studies in classical botany, molecular biology, mathematics, and medical biochemistry”.