Due to a landslip, the A386 north of Orford Mill will remain closed in both directions until further notice. RHS Garden Rosemoor remains open, and diversions to the garden are in place. Please allow additional time for travelling.

Caroline James

Horticultural Trainee

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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