Me & My Job - David Wallace, image library supervisor, Floramedia

Floramedia image library supervisor David Wallace tells HW about working in a Bermuda garden centre, his passion for theatre, and staying healthy.

Floramedia's David Wallace
Floramedia's David Wallace

What does your typical day involve?

The projects team initiates jobs based on customer requests for images from the library. As these images appear on labels in a nursery or garden centre, I use my botanical knowledge to find the best match for the plant. The creative team often asks me to provide a series of images for a montage. I also research plant histories to write or correct botanical text.

What takes up most of your time?

The image searches can be quite time consuming, especially if there isn't a perfect image to work with and I am looking for substitute photographs.

What is the best aspect of your job?

Anything creative. I am constantly updating my plant knowledge and trends within the horticultural industry. I'll attend plant trials and trade shows with this in mind.

And the worst?

It was quite an adjustment working in an office again. Prior to my role at Floramedia I was a buyer, grower and display manager for a garden centre in Bermuda, and I also ran a garden design business.

What has been your greatest achievement at work?

This is a work in progress really, but I'd say using my years of experience and plant knowledge to improve the Floramedia product.

How do you wind down after a hard day at work?

I try to walk home whenever possible and my routes take me through some lovely parks and woods. I enjoy cooking, so when I get home I'm ready for dinner and a glass of wine if I'm staying in, or a visit to my local or the theatre.

What does the future hold?

I have achieved a lot in my career and worked in some beautiful places, so as long as I can keep learning and stay healthy, I will be happy.

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