Marcus Ragus started creating miniature cactus and succulent gardens and selling them at local markets when he was 11 years old. His passion for plants blossomed into a career that spans over 44 years in professional horticulture and gardening. From retail nurseries to private gardens and public parks, organic produce farms and education institutions, he has brought his expertise to pretty much every area of the horticulture industry throughout Australia.

Marcus was manager of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for 10 years. In this senior management role he pioneered initiatives in areas such as community, interpretation, education and area design.

His teaching career began when he was 19 at the Ryde School of Horticulture where he spent 10 years as a horticultural science teacher. He then went on to spend many years teaching horticulture, nature and landscape in nipaluna/Hobart where he developed innovative technology-based learning programs which have been used throughout Australia and internationally.