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Our Gardeners in Surrey
I was blessed to grow up playing and gardening in a beautiful Irish walled garden. My mother passed on her love of all things horticultural. Experiencing the joy that my own garden has brought me these past 19 years, I hope to share my passion and further my training. I’ve propagated plants for several charitable sales, I’m a volunteer gardener at a local school and feel so convinced of the therapeutic values of gardening that it should be part of the national curriculum! Our outdoor spaces now need more than ever to nourish and delight, whilst being an invaluable place for all living creatures to flourish.
Lucy is the newest member of our Surrey Gardeners’ team and is gardening in Godalming, Guildford, Cranleigh and surrounding villages.
I’ve always loved working in my garden – the great outdoors! Working hard to achieve a space which I can then relax in and feel proud of the hard work I’ve put in to enjoy it. I’m a self-taught gardener and my earliest memories of gardening are ‘taking care’ of my parents’ round and rectangular privet hedges. I love the look of carefully trimmed hedges, a weed-free colourful flower bed and neat lawn edges.
I’ve recently enjoyed constructing a woodland path. I find structure pleasing in the garden, by way of shape, height and form. Every garden is different and has the potential to make it a magical space!
When I was a very small child I would follow my Dad around the garden and, I think to get a bit of peace and quiet, he would find me something to do. As time went on I was given my own small circular patch of garden for which he bought lobelia, alyssum, pansies and petunias for me to plant and look after. I think he used to water and weed them more than I did though. I’ve tended my own garden all my adult life, in both the UK and Spain where I lived for 13 years. I moved back to the UK in 2012 and now have a small garden mainly filled with shrubs and containers. I have also worked as a temporary seasonal assistant at a local nursery sowing and potting on veggies, preparing spring and summer bedding and planting containers and hanging baskets for retail. Sue lives in Chessington and is gardening for the team in Chessington, Esher, Walton-on-Thames, Hersham and Epsom.
I am a keen gardener who loves to learn more about plants and general garden maintenance. I grew up in Crawley and now live in Horsham, West Sussex. My gardening skills began with helping my parents and grandparents in their gardens and I have had my own garden since the early 1990s. I can easily lose myself in the garden, working hard with the care needed to maintain a flourishing garden. Last year, I moved to a brand new house in Horsham, where the garden was just bare ground. I have now transformed this with numerous roses, hydrangeas, fuschias, azaleas, acers and rhododendrons, to name but a few. I have also added beautiful pots full of colour to our garden and you can see some of them in my photo. I hope, going forward, to help local clients to be able to achieve their gardening dreams. Based in Horsham, Richard is gardening in locally and in Cranleigh, Broadbridge Heath, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath
I am never happier than when I am in nature, particularly the little wild flower meadow at the bottom of my garden. A childhood growing up amidst the wilderness of my Mother’s cottage style garden, learning about the nurturing skills needed to help things grow in my Grandfather’s veggie patches and the technical, plant knowledge needed within my Grandmother’s more formal, exotic garden by the sea, a wonderful variety of environments, have all contributed to a love of gardening. Over the past few years I have gathered a collection of insightful gardening books, many left to me by my Grandfather which I treasure. Alongside the knowledge I have gained from literature, my practical experience lies within the gardens of my family and friends, as well as my own. As well as growing a variety of fresh produce I have created a precious little garden for my family that I hope my son will learn a great deal from. To me, gardens are sacred spaces and gardening is a wonderfully therapeutic practise. To be in nature, helping plants to thrive, is where I love to be. Georgia lives in Surrey and is working in Shamley Green, Godalming and Milford.
“I have a passion for plants and the amazing things they do for us – both practically and in terms of their affect on our well being. A few years ago I took on an abandoned allotment and have been working on it to make it a productive plot, using organic methods and permaculture principles (such as companion planting) to get the best out of it without harming the environment.
From growing veggies to cultivating my own container garden, my love of germinating plants and watching them thrive has inspired me to take my passion for gardens and plants, and use it to help make other people’s gardens somewhere they really enjoy being. My passion is growing and maintaining gardens in line with nature as much as possible, as I believe this is the best way to get the
most out of our green spaces.”
Maddy Jennings is another new member of our Surrey gardening team. Maddy is gardening in Bramley, Shamley Green, Godalming, Guildford and Cranleigh.
I used to work in chemistry as a researcher, until I realised I was fed up with being locked up in a lab and decided to pursue a career in horticul
Moreno Scrignari – Gardener in Epsom + Godalming + Guildfordture. I took a four-month vocational gardening course in Italy and worked as a trainee gardener at a villa near lake Como, then moved to England, where I’ve being working on an organic and biodynamic farm in West Sussex since June 2015, first as a volunteer and then as a full- time employee. I’m striving to get more experience and expand my knowledge: every day I learn something new and I’m very excited about every new step I take towards my goal of becoming an excellent gardener. I am very motivated and passionate about what I do.
Moreno is part of our Surrey gardening team and will be working in gardens in Epsom, Leatherhead, Chessington, Cobham, Oxshott, Surbiton, Kingston-upon-Thames and Guildford.
“I’m an enthusiastic gardener and love spending time outdoors. I have developed my ‘unusable’ allotment and ‘never before touched’ garden into thriving paradises with fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. I have spent many years volunteering with The National Trust and with Surrey Wildlife Trust in hands-on countryside management and am keen to further my passion in this field. My parents are excellent gardeners who are almost self sufficient, which has given me a good insight into dealing with plants from a young age.”
Jenny Goodhand is one of our gardening team in Surrey. Jenny gardens in Godalming and Thursley.
“My love of plants and flowers developed from an early age growing up with the smell of frangipani and jasmine, surrounded by a riot of colourful bougainvillea and hibiscus. When we moved to the UK my great aunts and parents influenced me greatly, educating me about the garden and nature. We were expected to tend our veg plots and enjoy the fruits of our labour. Since I’ve had my own family I have tried to instil a love for growing plants in them. Gardeners’ question time and Gardeners’ World are part of my life, I’m an RHS member, I love colour and nothing excites me more than being out in the fresh air.” Anu is our latest recruit to our mentoring team and she works on gardens in Guildford, Surrey.
“I’m an amateur gardener from a passionate and enthusiastically green-fingered family. I grew up in large cottage gardens in Norfolk and spent a considerable amount of time as a child helping with the garden, from mowing the lawn, planting and weeding flower beds to tending an extensive vegetable patch. I’ve always loved physical work and being outside in the elements and I’ve spent half of my working life tucked away in an office, so I’m determined to spend the second half working in something I feel passionate about. I’m hard working and conscientious and have spent years working in client facing roles so understand the need to build a good working relationship with clients, which I’m sure is essential in the gardening business too. Gardening is something I’ve always loved and with two young children it’s very hard to give the time I’d like to be able to at home, so the idea of being able to go out and work as a gardener would be amazing.”
“As a boy, I lived on an old country/farming estate with fields, woodlands, an orchard, old farm buildings and stables and also very close to the River Wey Navigation, all of which led me to appreciate a rural lifestyle from a young age. Additionally my father has always been a keen gardener and kept an allotment and his enthusiasm for cultivation also played a major role. In the late 1990s I rented a small property in Farnham with a pretty South-facing cottage garden which I was asked to care for. This was my first step towards regular garden maintenance which then mainly consisted of weeding, mowing, pruning, hedge trimming etc and I always enjoyed doing this, never considering it a chore. In the early 2000s I moved to Guildford and for the first time became responsible for my own garden which included various shrubs, lawned areas and a pond. This enabled me to keep up my maintenance skills and develop new ones as well as experiment with plants in various areas to see what worked and what didn’t, to the extent that I probably spent just as much time outside the house as in it. Currently I am completely re-developing one side of the garden in order to make space for an allotment so I can grow my own produce. This will be a new venture for me and I look forward to learning from it. I also help my father twice a week with his garden.”
“I have loved plants, flowers and gardens since I was a child, but ‘real’ gardening began for me when we moved to our current house, 25 years ago. Recently I made the decision to give up the legal profession so as to spend my time in the outdoors. My garden is a bit of a challenge, mainly due to surrounding trees casting shade and taking moisture out of the soil. Over the years I have become an expert in finding the right plants for difficult places and now enjoy putting that knowledge to use in other people’s gardens. An aspiring ‘good-lifer’, I keep hens in the garden and a small flock of sheep locally. My allotment, which I have run for over 15 years, produces vegetables, soft fruit and (increasingly) flowers for cutting so for part of the year we are almost self-sufficient. Planting, pruning, weeding and propagation are my favourite gardening tasks and a good mulch of compost provides the finishing touch.”
“I have been in love with plants and nature since a young girl and come from a family with a good, sound, gardening knowledge. I have a passion for gardening, wildlife and animals and have done part-time gardening maintenance work off and on for some years. I also love planting design and have re-designed three gardens’ borders from scratch, creating gardens with structure, all year round interest and overall easy maintenance, which I find is in demand in these busy times. My love of pattern, colour and structure led me to take and pass the KLC Designing with Plants Certificate. I consider my main skills are basic maintenance and planting combinations.
Gardening makes sense to me in a way I never quite expected; the preparation, the nurturing of plants, the sheer hard work and the immense proud feeling of watching your efforts flourish! I love helping gardens to be healthy.
Having studied and graduated from the Horticulture certificate program in California’s UCLA, I found a love for growing and the ecology in our own patch of land, preserving a place for insects, understanding the soil, companion planting and beneficial pests.
I’m a constant garden volunteer, currently at RHS Wisley, The Weald & Downland Living Museum and previous Descanso Botanical Garden Los Angeles.
The garden I grew up in as a kid was beautiful, so perfectly preened and full of bright colours and design, our lawns were stripy, the trees and brambles bore juicy fruits and I would sit with my dad in the summer shade listening to the cricket on the radio – if I close my eyes now I can take myself back there, and it always brings me a smile. This is how I try to approach gardening, being given the privilege to help create and maintain a living space, to just be.
Kate is based in Petworth
I have always loved nature and spending time outdoors. I have an interest in wild flowers and love going for walks in the countryside. I like visiting gardens to learn more about plants and get ideas.
I took on an allotment 4 years ago and enjoy spending time there growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. My interest in gardening has grown from there and I enjoy working part time in garden maintenance. I enjoy helping to improve people’s gardens to make the best of the space. I enjoy all aspects of gardening, particularly planting new plants, pruning shrubs and weeding. I am looking forward to doing more gardening with Grayshaw and Yeo and learning more about horticulture.
Kate looks after gardens in the Godalming area
Although I have come to gardening professionally later in life, I have been a dedicated home & allotment gardener for over 17 years. I am passionate about vegetables and have slowly been digging up more and more lawn to accommodate them in my own garden. The biggest challenge for me at home is keeping my 4 dogs from affectionately crushing all the plants, as well as protecting all fruit and veg from one particular dog who has a penchant for eating everything! As a result, I have enclosed flower and vegetable areas with chicken wire, which keeps some areas safe, and they can enjoy trampling through the shrubs and bulbs.
I have greatly enjoyed designing gardens for friends, working with different plants, soils and aspects. Working for others is particularly fun because of the diversity of plants and gardens I get to experience. It is always a pleasure to be outside in the fresh air, creating new plant life, maintaining wildlife habitats and making beautiful outdoor spaces for people (and dogs!) to enjoy all year round.
Rebecca works on gardens in and around Camberley
I was very lucky to grow up in Holland where my parents had a big garden. My mother was always gardening and she encouraged me to be out there too. Her love for everything natural and green has been passed on to me and I love it every day.
I like developing existing gardens and Iam always trying new things out in my own garden.
A few years ago I took on an overgrown allotment and I loved building the raised beds and cultivating the plot into a proper allotment. I loved it so much, that I took on a smaller plot and developed that into a fruit garden. I still have both plots now.
I like to try to pass on my knowledge and passion for plants and flowers to people in their own gardens and making their gardens a beautiful place to be proud of.
Liz works in gardens around Dorking
I have always gardened and over the past few years have manoeuvred myself towards a career change that allows me to garden full time. To this end, I have:
• Successfully completed the Royal Horticultural Society’s Level 2 practical and principles courses. (I spent a year at Merrist Wood college).
• Done two seasonal stints at the RHS Wisley Plant Centre where I helped numerous customers with plant choices.
• Completed a ‘Designing With Plants’ course and produced a number of planting schemes, mainly for friends.
I enjoy resolving plant problems, looking at plant options and can offer general advice.
Rod is based in Farnham
I became interested in gardening about 10 years ago. My late husband had “green fingers” and the joy he got from growing his own vegetables soon became mine. The pleasure you get from growing your own seeds, tending and watching the seedlings grow then enjoying the fruits of your labour is truly fantastic.
Gardening is a joy that I have found later in life but I am so grateful that I have. I believe that your garden is a space for you to get so much enjoyment from. Planting and working outside, the world seems to stop and any stresses from the day disappear.
Irene works in gardens around Normandy
My love of nature and plants started when I was a child, growing up in a small village where my parents and grandparents grew fruits, vegetables and flowers. I remember the joy of the first strawberries and the taste of the sun ripened tomatoes we ate straight from the bush.
Moving away from home meant that I did not always have access to a garden and as a replacement I surrounded myself with houseplants and herbs grown in pots. During my travels I volunteered at different gardens and smallholdings where I became familiar with the concepts of permaculture and sustainability. I have been applying some of their principles at my allotment, where I grow fruit and vegetables for the family, and at our small backyard garden where we grow herbaceous plants and fruit trees.
I enjoy seeing the plants grow and the gardens change with the seasons and I find weeding quite satisfying
Krisztina is based in Godalming
Being outside in the garden, whatever the weather, is where I prefer to be. I have looked after my gardens, and those of several other family and friends much of my life. I have grown to find a thrill in tending and nurturing them to be beautiful as well as functional places, to be sources of relaxation, inspiration and a place for well being.
Whether a job requires a full rejuvenation of a plot or regular maintenance, I will work with the homeowner to create a garden that suits their needs and desires, including the sourcing of plants, tending the lawns, borders and hedges.
My aim is always to ensure that the garden is created and maintained for all to love and enjoy, whatever the season.
Peter works on gardens around Cobham
I have been interested in gardening from a young age. My earliest memory is being given my own little patch in my dad’s garden, which I turned into an alpine rockery.
From these early days I have developed into an enthusiastic amateur gardener spending as much time in my garden as I can – transforming my cottage garden into an outdoor space that I’m incredibly proud of. Without doubt my garden is the most important ‘room’ in the house and deserves all the attention it gets.
I look forward to working with customers to help transform their gardens into an outside space that they can enjoy and be proud of.
Mark is based in Dorking
I have a great interest in the natural environment. This love comes from my parents, my mother loved wild flowers and my father enjoyed growing vegetables. Other family members and friends have also enhanced my knowledge of plants. I studied a correspondence course in gardening and have gained additional knowledge from both the local horticultural society and the Royal horticultural society.
The softening of our buildings with gardens I believe is important to our wellbeing. Plants can bring so much colour into our lives.
My garden is a small garden with fruit trees and bushes. My front garden is all in containers and has a naturalistic theme. I am trying to build up my collection of herb plants.
Helping friends with their gardens has given me understanding of how to fit in with our people’s gardening tastes.
Growing up I spent my school holidays at my grandparent’s home surrounded by the Lincolnshire countryside. I have many happy memories of spending my time planting onions and potatoes, picking apples and watching the wheat harvest. I enjoyed the camaraderie of working on the land and was fascinated by the idea that seeds grew and changed into plants that we could pick and eat. The love of the outdoors and nature has remained with me. After fourteen years of nurturing children as a secondary school science teacher, I have decided to return to my roots and pursue a career in horticulture. I have recently completed a Garden Design Diploma from the London College of Garden Design and plan to blend my design skills with practical gardening. I am passionate about sustainable gardening, using my skills to create spaces that include food crops and provide habitats that support wildlife and protect the environment, yet are aesthetically beautiful to fortify the soul
Donna is based in Epsom
“I worked as a florist at Marley Flowers for 9 years, while training in floristry I also studied basic horticulture. I then went on to work for Country Market selling green house plants. Generally I have grown up gardening; my father is the head gardener at a local large country house, but still has a fantastic garden at home. I have also in the past 3 years helped a lady revamp her entire garden as the garden had taken over. I enjoy gardening and feel confident that my knowledge grows every season.”
“Gardening has been a passion of Karen’s for years. Karen enjoys maintaining gardens and the satisfaction of looking back over what she has done.”
“I am a keen gardener and adore gardening and spending time outdoors. My favourite jobs are weeding, tidying and planting. I have a real passion for plants and am lucky enough to have a mother in law who is an experienced gardener and I have learnt a lot from her.”
Julia has been with us for five years and is a much loved member of the team as well as an extremely knowledgeable gardener. Over the last couple of years Julia has taken on the responsibility of mentoring our newest members of the team. This not only ensures that our standards remain high but also that new team members start in their own client gardens with confidence. She continues to be a regular gardener for 6 happy clients too!
I think my love of gardening started with attempting to grow Rhubarb, after a couple of failed attempts the crowns developed and produced some great stems after that I moved onto what else I could grow and eat, I started working as a gardener for Bloomfords working on some beautiful gardens in and around the meon valley and wished I had started working as a gardener earlier in my career. I am also a member of an organic community farm growing and producing fruit and veg shared among its members. I believe the inspiration for me is being able to see the results of your labour either immediately or during the growing season.
Memories of helping my parents in their garden; picking gooseberries and blackcurrants,helping planting annuals and caring for petunias,hibiscus and roses was where my love of gardening began.
I have developed my own gardens in London,Cranleigh ,Guildford and Godalming ad have enjoyed planting and caring for vines and wisteria and changing planting schemes to suit different soils and aspects.
My medical background and interest in latin and botany have helped me further my interest in plants over many years .I am studying at Merrist Wood currently doing the level 2 RHS qualification in horticulture.
There is nothing more creative and grounding than gardening .A pleasure which I hope to share by helping others with their own gardens.
I grew up with two gardening-obsessed parents on a 1.5 acre sandy, sloping plot which they developed over 40+ years. I’d roam around searching for wildflowers, making dens in the giant rhododendron and slipping into the greenhouse for a cheeky tomato!
After spending more than 20 years working indoors on computers, I gave up resisting my genetics and started studying RHS Level 2, while undertaking garden and nursery work, plus a work experience placement at RHS Wisley.
I’ve always loved experimenting in my own garden, and currently have a cottage garden feel punctuated with unmown wild sections, a mini wildlife pond and fruit and veg areas.
I enjoy creating beautiful outdoor spaces to be enjoyed and to relax in. Gardens can do so much to lift our spirits and improve our well-being. The hard work and sometimes long periods of waiting are always worth it!
I am a self-taught gardener and have revitalised and now care for my own family garden. In the past I have kept an allotment and also helped to maintain my parents garden as they got older. I have run a school gardening club and worked with a charity to bring other people’s gardens back to use.
Every garden is unique and I aim to make yours special for you.
‘When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.’ Minnie Aumonier
Our Gardeners in Hampshire
As a child I spent most of my time climbing trees, making mud pies and tending to my pet snails. Happily, as an adult not much has changed, although snails are now the enemy and I no longer chase my little sister around the garden with worms. My favourite thing about gardening is the excitement of finding out about new and beautiful plants, I never cease to be amazed at the variety within species. Herbaceous borders are also high on my list, along with the heavenly combination of freshly worked earth, crisp edges and a clipped lawn. I studied Fine Art at university and I find gardening a brilliantly creative outlet, for me a garden is simultaneously a sculpture and a painting. Everyday, gardening challenges me to push myself, to learn and to explore. It is good for the mind, body and soul and I feel so lucky to be able to find those things within my job. Holly is based in Farnham and is gardening in Farnham, Ellisfield, Fleet, Upper Hale and surrounding areas.
I think gardening must have subconsciously been passed onto me by my grandad and my mother. They always seemed to be planting out a border or tending a vegetable patch in their own gardens. My mother gave me a small patch of our garden when I was little, which I loved digging around in whilst pretending to be a TV presenter on a gardening show!
I realised I had a passion for gardening when I bought my first house. I reinvented the neglected garden and spent most of my weekends searching for exciting and unusual garden centres to visit.
In 2007 my husband and I, and our three year old daughter, moved to Canada for three years where I was lucky enough to be employed by an amazing garden designer. I loved maintaining the beautifully created gardens whist gaining experience and skills.
Everyone should have a garden that they can enjoy and feel relaxed in, even if they don’t have the time or the know-how to create one.
Helen is our newest gardener in Hampshire and will be gardening in Petersfield, Liss, Liphook and surrounding villages.
I started my horticultural career studying arboriculture at Merrist Wood. I had intended on becoming a tree surgeon, but the more I learned about trees, the more I became fascinated with all the other various plants, fungi and creatures that lived around them. I then spent another year studying nursery practises and plant propagation, and then several years working at a nursery growing ornamental trees. Over the years I have also been maintaining my own woodland as a hobby and love pulling up Rhododendrons and chopping up fallen trees in my spare time. I enjoy working on large-scale gardening projects involving trees and shrubs, but I also like the challenge of getting maximum impact from smaller sized gardens too. I’m also a big fan of nature gardens and like to encourage the use native species as well more exotic varieties of plants. Dan is now gardening in Farnham, Camberley, Godalming, Guildford and Aldershot.
“I inherited my love of gardening from my Mum and Grandmother, who both adored their gardens. As well as having my own garden I work as a volunteer gardener with a local animal sanctuary and have helped with a local school gardening club. Having worked for most of my life as a graphic designer, I have recently begun to study for a diploma in garden design, which has been a dream of mine for some time. As well as the design aspects of gardening I love to get out and work in the garden, be it planting, pruning, or weeding – which I find most therapeutic! I feel passionate about caring for nature and helping people to make the most of their outdoor space and want to create something beautiful for them to enjoy. “
Christine gardens for our clients in Fleet, Farnham, Haslemere, Frimley, Alton and Bentley.
Gardening was part of my childhood as both my father and grandfather were big allotment holders and gardeners and I have always had the bug for being and working in the outdoors. Over the years I have manged several allotments and gardens both established mature and new plots. I have a lot of enthusiasm for trying new plants as well as those I am familiar with. I am inspired by some some of the bigger gardens like Mottisfont, Osterley Park, Kew as well as the more modest which I like to visit.
My aim is to create a garden with space with colours, smells and tastes to savour and delight. My ambition is to create an environmentally friendly plot that encourages wildlife and gives the client a place in which to spend time to enjoy.
Colin is based in Petersfield and work locally as well as in and around the Godalming area.
“My love of gardening stems from my parents whose garden was always immaculate. Being outdoors and watching a garden change with the seasons is a joy and it gives me great satisfaction as an unruly plot becomes a thing of beauty and order. My own garden has lawns, herbaceous borders, a pond and fruit trees, which over the years has allowed me to develop my skills in growing and maintaining many different types of plants. I also have had an allotment for more than a decade and I am self-sufficient in vegetables and fruit for part of the year. My knowledge has been further enhanced by studying for the RHS General Certificate in Horticulture and a garden design course, the latter of which I have used to design and plant several gardens. In the past, I have worked at a garden centre helping customers to choose suitable plants and dispensed gardening advice. “
Rowena – our gardener in Ash – gardens in Frimley, Mitchett, Ash Vale, Camberley, Yateley, Guildford, Godalming, Farnham and Normandy.
“I have been hooked on gardening since selling my own lettuces at the front door at the age of 9. In 2004 I started gardening professionally with my own company and specialised in creating Kitchen Gardens. I have an RHS Certificate in Horticulture from Merrist Wood College. I particularly like growing fruit, vegetables and herbs which can look good and taste good too. I believe gardens can be special places and I like creating them – there are often simple improvements that can have a big impact.”
A passion for gardening and plants led Rebecca to spend two years studying part time for the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles & Practices of Horticulture, followed by a year of practical training in a large historic garden through the ‘Work and Retrain as a Gardener’ scheme run by the Women’s Farm and Garden Association, plus volunteering in a National Trust garden. Rebecca’s particular interest is in maintaining and developing borders for clients and she really enjoys the different tasks each season brings, caring for plants so that they give their best, and completing tasks to a high standard.
Rebecca also recently studied for a Plants and Planting Design Advanced Certificate (Level 3) from Capel Manor College, which gave her the opportunity to develop a knowledge of designing with ornamental plants using form, texture and colour in a border and how to create interest throughout the seasons. Rebecca is looking forward to bringing together her planting design skills and knowledge of plants to work with clients to create, develop and maintain inspiring and sustainable planting schemes.
“From the age of 5 Father Christmas gave me ‘oodles’ of seed packets annually to throw in my parent’s garden and that’s how it all started! Since then I have had 10 years’ experience in commercial horticulture and 14 years as a self-employed gardener with tonnes of home gardening/re-designing in between. The best part is the relationship that develops between oneself and the environment. Pruning shrubs and edging lawns are my hot spots!”
“I trained as a gardener through the Work and Retrain as A Gardener Scheme (WRAGS). Duties included all aspects of garden maintenance within a large private estate – propagation & greenhouse management, fruit & vegetable growing, ornamental borders, lawn care, hedge planting, use of power tools & petrol driven machinery. I am a volunteer with a local primary school’s garden club & previously volunteered with Thrive. I am also a member of the Women’s Farm & Garden Association, RHS member & member of Rowledge Garden Club. I have attended workshops on : Permaculture, Rural Skills & Wood working, Plant Identification and Designing & Planting a kitchen garden & Start-up Business Day. I am currently working towards RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Distance Learning). The WRAG scheme has confirmed my desire to make horticulture my second career. I have a genuine interest in learning about new plants, am happiest getting my hands dirty and believe if a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well.”
“I am a self-starting, self-motivated person who can happily work alone but particularly excels as a team player. Having worked between gardens, offices and warehouse I am adaptable and methodical in my approach. I have an engaging and positive attitude and can communicate to a high standard. I have a keen interest in horticulture, recently undertaking garden maintenance full-time in addition to a voluntary role at Kew Gardens.”
I’m a keen amateur gardener, who, for the last twenty years, has relished the challenge of creating a garden in the very dry and shady conditions created by a large Copper Beech tree at back of my house. I love bringing colour to my garden and keeping it looking tidy by weeding, pruning and making leafmould.
To spend even more time outdoors, I’ve recently decided to make a career change into horticulture, leaving behind a cover teacher role in a local primary school. A thirst to learn more and improve my skills led me to start studying on the RHS level 2 Diploma in the Principles & Practices of Horticulture. In addition, I enjoy the voluntary work I do with a charity that uses gardening to effect positive change to people living with disabilities or ill health, witnessing first-hand the many therapeutic benefits gardens can bring.
I love being outdoors and my twin passions are Gardening and Skiing. I have obviously inherited my parent’s love of gardening. My favourite time of the year is spring when the bulbs are coming through and plants are shooting and budding. I have been fortunate to experience a range of gardening from formal and informal at one of Hampshire’s 5 star hotels and arranging rustic displays of garden produce in front of house. As a gardener there is a real sense of achievement in standing back and seeing the results of your work. Much better than an office environment.