Adrian Higgins began his career in the mid-1970s as a reporter in England for East Midlands Allied Press and its flagship daily paper, The Evening Telegraph. Since the late 1980s, he has specialized in writing about gardening, landscape architecture, and related environmental areas. He joined The Washington Post in 1994. He previously worked for shelter magazines as an editor and contributor. He has authored three garden books and contributed to several more. Higgins has wide artistic interests and sees his work and life entwined in a continual journey of creative exploration and expression. In addition to his work as a writer and horticulturist, he is a classical pianist, and studied for more than 20 years in the studio of the noted Peruvian-American pianist Myriam Avalos Teie. He has studied abstract and figurative painting at the Art League of Alexandria; poetry and creative writing at the University of Oxford's department of continuing education; and architecture and decorative arts as an active member of the Victorian Society in America.