Heather Cooke

On my days off I like nothing better than to be out in my own garden, tending to the seedlings in my greenhouse

I joined the Seed Team at RHS Garden Wisley just under 5 years ago, having worked previously for a large multinational company in London.  I have always been a keen gardener and once my children reached a more independent age I went back to college to study Horticulture at Merrist Wood where I studied part-time for my RHS Level 2 and then the RHS Level 3 qualifications. 

Having worked in an air-conditioned office for most of my career, with no natural light, I consider myself hugely fortunate to work in such beautiful surroundings, where I am very much in touch with the seasons and nature all around. 
Here in Seed we are a very small team of 2, helped by 12 volunteers. 

Our primary role is the running of the RHS Seed Scheme, which is a membership benefit.  We collect, dry, clean, pack and then dispatch seed to our members so that they can grow a little piece of the RHS at home in their gardens.  I am very keen to promote the Seed Scheme as much as possible as I get so much pleasure myself from growing from seed and want to pass this enjoyment on to other people.

On my days off I like nothing better than to be out in my own garden, tending to the seedlings in my greenhouse.  The only problem I have is finding space to squeeze them all in!

Heather's posts and conversations

  • Order! Order!

    Time is running out for RHS members to order from our wonderful seed scheme. Why not grow a pie

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  • Ready, set, sow!

    Grow beautiful, exotic flowers from your favourite RHS Garden for less than £1 a packet w

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  • Order! Order! Last chance to get your seeds

    Growing plants from seed is an exercise in patience - but well worth the wait. Get in quick to

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  • Seed harvesting draws to a close

    Late season seed collecting and the opportunity to grow a piece of RHS Garden Wisley at home

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  • Harvesting hellebores and searching for seed

    My favourite time of the year has finally arrived as the Seed Team head out into the garden to

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  • On your marks, dispatch, SOW!

    This week we’re in the midst of a marvellous period when we're able to help members c

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  • Full seed ahead!

    Unseasonal sunshine has been helping our seed harvest. Have you ordered yours yet?

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