Charlotte Sweeney

What I love most about my job is the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve inspired or helped a visitor to better understand their garden

I knew I wanted to study and work with plants as early as secondary school, and it was a work experience placement leading to a Saturday job that really got me into the industry. Until then I didn’t realise you could study Horticulture at university but I knew immediately it was for me.

I graduated from Writtle College in 2013 with first class honours and after a six month traineeship at a historic garden, joined the Plant Centre at Harlow Carr as a Horticultural Assistant.

Key aspects of my role include liaising with suppliers and growers to maintain our stock levels, helping customers and keeping the plants in tip-top condition, and with responsibility for several departments including Shrubs, Climbers and Alpines, there’s never a dull moment.

What I love most about my job is the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve inspired or helped a visitor to better understand their garden, whether recommending plants, identifying a pest or disease or giving some plant care advice. Working outside in such a beautiful setting is just the cherry-on-top!

Charlotte's posts and conversations

  • Timely tips for your Christmas trees and wreaths

    Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly, we’re feeling festive at Harlow Carr

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  • Get wild about gardens

    It’s turning out to be a busy half-term for the Plant Centre team as we get creativ

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  • Autumn colour, callicarpas and caterpillars

    Autumn is the season of deep reds, oranges and vibrant yellows with feathery seed-heads and rip

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  • The changing of the seasons

    Autumn's arrival brings vivid leaf colour, new planting ideas and plenty of jobs for the Pl

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  • Tales from the plant centre

    This month brings popular requests, planting for spring and a mole who's lost his way

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  • A grand day out

    It's a grand day out for Plant Centre staff in the search for new and interesting stock

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  • The third best exotic marigold hotel

    A treat for the guests of our insect hotel in the form of a new, bright alpine garden

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  • Wild times in the Plant Centre

    A few weeks of warm weather and we’re watering, pruning and welcoming new staff and frien

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