I’m a Writtle-trained gardener, currently 27, gardener-turned writer/researcher.
I’ve been lucky with my career. A while ago I decided that full-time gardening wasn’t really for me and, seeing as that’s the only thing I’m really trained in, that seemed like quite a waste. I was determined to get into garden writing in one way or another. Then I stumbled accross a ‘Marketing Assistant’ job for Gardening Direct, which, thankfully, they offered me.
As the sole ‘gardening expert’ at Gardening Direct, I had a great time being in charge of all the garden copy-writing at the same time as gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management.
After a few years of Gardening Direct I felt it was time to move on. I had always wanted to work for Which? Gardening magazine because it had always been my favourite. When I saw a job come up I went for it. Unfortunately I didn’t get it, but they gave me another job instead. I couldn’t have been more delighted. Working for a magazine was great, I wrote my own double-page spread about new gardening products and I did lots of research around the garden industry. Some of the things you can find out is sometimes quite fascinating. I went to all sorts of horticultural press events and networked with the people in charge of virtually every major gardening company in the UK. It was great!
I still love gardening though and do it in my free time – besides, I’d struggle to write about the topic if I never actually did it! Read this garden blog for hints and tips, seasonal advice and what-to-do’s in the garden, info about useful and interesting new gardening products and plants and also general garden-themed things.