Martin Griffin

Martin is a Diploma Student working at RHS Garden Wisley

Martin Griffin

When I left school I started working in a garden centre in North Devon mostly because my friends worked there. I had no interest in horticulture at the time, but not long after starting, I was assigned to the plant shop. I had no clue, but after working there for a few months I started to learn about plants. When I realised how much knowledge the other staff had, it made me want to learn more and be involved. Before I knew it, I’d built up a wealth of gardening knowledge and was giving advice to customers.

It wasn’t until I was in my late 20s that I realised I could have a career in horticulture. I’m an outdoors person and after working in retail and taking on office jobs I knew I wanted to be outside again. My passion for gardening was still there, so when I found that a college nearby ran horticulture courses, I was excited to apply. At school, I was encouraged to go for a career in IT. If I’d known how highly skilled horticulturists are, and how much enjoyment there is in being a gardener, I’d have chosen this route sooner.
Before joining the RHS I was a trainee gardener on a one-year work placement scheme at Holkham Hall, Norfolk as part of the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme (HBGTP). Before that, while I was studying horticulture at college, I  volunteered at Bishops Garden at Norwich Cathedral.

Everyone at RHS Garden Wisley is friendly and supportive, and has made me feel part of the team. The garden teams and lecturers make sure I’m always learning, and have new information every day, which makes it a joy to come to work. I’ve learnt so much including from the other students on my course and we all support each other.

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