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Growing up, my love of gardening came from my grandfather who was a big home gardener and grew all his own veg for his family. I studied for a BSC in horticulture from WIT and Kildalton College and I worked in the vegetable garden of Ballymaloe cookery school. I have a particular interest in perennial plants and helping customers plan their gardens so there is interest and colour year round. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants.
I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD. I have worked in landscape architecture and the garden centre trade. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I am always trying new varieties and ways of growing.
I have been gardening since I was five when my mother gave me a part of our garden to have as my own. I studied horticulture in the National Botantic Gardens in Glasnevin and I was a winner of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition. My special interests are wildlife, plant propagation and cacti.
I studied horticulture in Kildalton college and I love helping our customers transform their own gardens and giving them inspiration and advice to bring their ideas to reality. I am especially interested in biodiversity and helping customers bring nature and wildlife into their gardens, especially bees and other pollinators.
My favourite aspect of Horticulture is Garden Design. I frequently enjoy drawing Landscape/Garden plans for architects and clients; I also love helping customers transform spaces within their own garden. The best thing about working in the garden centre is being around nature, plant lovers and such a vast variety of plants. There is a plant for every situation and for any time of the year.
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