Gardeners of the future recognised
31 August 2012
The RHS has issued 21 diplomas and certificates to the charity’s trainee gardeners. Nine students were awarded the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, a further five received the charity’s Special Options Certificates and another seven from the gardens at Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor were presented with the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture.
'This year’s recipients have been exceptional,' says James Rudoni, RHS Director of Gardens. 'We are really proud of everyone who has received an award. They have worked so hard and we know that they will be great ambassadors for the RHS in the future.'
TV presenter James Wong was guest speaker at the awards ceremony, and spoke about how his initial training helped him in his future career. James says 'It's so exciting to see a whole new generation of plant experts let loose on the world. The RHS Diploma is the gold standard in horticultural expertise, which puts these guys at the head of the pack in this dynamic, ever-changing industry.'
The RHS has a wide programme of courses. For those interested in furthering their professional gardening career, there are full time, hands-on practical courses at all four of the RHS gardens. These courses combine academic study with working as part of a curatorial team. Gardeners with an RHS Diploma or Certificate in Practical Horticulture are recognised as having the industry’s finest training and are highly regarded by those in the horticultural field. There are also courses fo those who just want to extend their horticultural knowledge and be able to garden better.
The RHS is offering 23 places for trainees at its gardens for 2013/2014. Anyone interested in applying for these positions should contact email@example.com.