Elsa Pooley is a botanist whose wide-ranging experience has led her into fields as diverse as research, landscape and garden design, rehabilitation, training, art and publishing. She conducts specialist botanical tours in southern Africa and runs an indigenous landscaping company in KwaZulu-Natal; and she has authored best-selling field guides, including The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei; A Field Guide to Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region (1998); Mountain Flowers: A Field Guide to the Flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho