I was home-educated from an early age and grew up with nature as my classroom. I always knew plants would be a lifelong passion as well as my future career.
My horticultural career officially started in my early teens when I got a Saturday job at my local garden nursery in Devon, before being employed full time when I turned sixteen.
After being there for two years I was lucky enough to get a position at the Eden Project in Cornwall, where I worked as a horticultural apprentice for a year as well as gaining other formal qualifications. I also went on a work placement at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in their famous Palmhouse and Waterlily House.
When I left Eden I became a trainee on the Professional Gardeners’ Guild Traineeship Scheme, which is a three year course that involves trainees spending a year working in a different garden around the UK, as well as gaining other formal qualifications.
The first place I went to was Ashridge in Hertfordshire, an international business school with a historic house and Humphrey Repton designed garden.
My second placement was at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, a beautiful botanical garden in the heart of south Wales.
My final year was spent at a private estate in the Cotswolds which is where I now have a permanent job.
Even though my traineeship has finished I’ve decided to continue studying part-time; I am currently working on the RHS Level 3 certificate in horticulture.