Emma Pearce


I have a particular interest in Mediterranean and Alpine plants, primulas and dahlias

After spending 10 years working in magazine publishing, I decided in 2009 to follow a long-held dream to re-train in horticulture and studied for a foundation degree at Bicton College in Devon. While there I volunteered at Knightshayes Court and did a summer placement at the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. This led to covering a sabbatical at Eden, and then a full-time permanent position in Heligan’s walled Flower Garden, where I grew flowers for cutting and salad vegetables for the tea rooms.

In 2012 I took up an internship at Logan Botanic Garden, one of RBGE’s satellite gardens, in Dumfries & Galloway, working with unusual southern hemisphere plants. While there I applied to RHS Garden Wisley, and have been here ever since, working first in the Trials team and now in Propagation. I look after the plant reception areas, monitoring for pests and diseases. I have a particular interest in Mediterranean and Alpine plants, primulas and dahlias, and my favourite gardens are Tresco Abbey Garden and Trengwainton.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and long hikes through the countryside. I’m also a keen potter, knitter and dressmaker.

Emma's posts and conversations

  • Renovation of rock

    As gardens evolve and change, it is important to replenish plant stocks from existing specimens

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  • Behind the battle lines

    Ash dieback. Sudden oak death. Fireblight. Plum pox...

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