Born in Tasmania, Elizabeth George (then Sykes) became interested in bush plants as a child during holidays spent in the country with her relatives. After her immediate family moved to Perth in 1970, guided by Les Norton she established a native garden at their home in the Darling Range—and so her fascination with verticordias began.
Between 1978 and 1988, during which time she completed the Certificate of Horticulture at Bentley Technical College, Elizabeth collected, coordinated and compiled the 700-specimen Verticordia Reference Collection, assisted by more than 250 other volunteers.
In recognition of her work on this project, she received the prestigious Australian Plants Award from the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants. Elizabeth continues to help and advise botanists, researchers and field officers throughout Western Australia.