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Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect.
I’m getting lots more hands-on experience and the qualifications you need to work in gardens across Britain
I’ve always enjoyed being around plants, being in the undergrowth or making magic potion with them as a child, or growing plants from seed I collected from other people’s gardens or in the wilds of Sussex. I started studying horticulture in 2005 at Stanmer Park in Brighton, where I learnt so much and it really inspired me to want to know more about the world of plants.
More recently I studied an HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where learnt a lot about wild plants and got a good introduction to plant classification and systematics: a very complicated subject!
From Edinburgh I moved on to the traineeship at RHS Garden Rosemoor where I’m getting lots more hands-on experience and the qualifications you need to work in gardens across Britain. All the courses and work experience have complemented each other and I feel really lucky to have had such great teachers in the different gardens I’ve volunteered, studied and worked. Hopefully they’ll make a good gardener of me yet.
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RHS Garden Rosemoor's experienced arboriculture team show trainee horticulturist Caroline J
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.