Me & My Job - Katie Croft, student gardener, Threave Garden

Katie Croft, student gardener, Threave Garden- image: HW
Katie Croft, student gardener, Threave Garden- image: HW

How did you get started in the industry? I volunteered for six months in the gardens of the Centre for Alternative Technology in  Wales.

After that I went to Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and did the first year of the horticulture with plantsmanship HND. Now I'm on a sandwich year at Threave before I go back to finish my HND.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Get as much experience as possible. I learnt a huge amount at college but you don't do much practical stuff and there are a lot of young people looking for jobs who have limited experience of real horticultural work. Volunteering or a student placement is a great way to get that.

What does your typical day involve? Threave is part of the National Trust for Scotland's School of Heritage Gardening. I could be working in glass, in the walled garden or out in the main garden which includes woodland, peat walls, herbaceous, rose beds, mixed borders and ponds.

What takes up most of your time? Apart from working Monday to Friday, I have written and theory work, including a horticultural diary and plant idents.

What is the best aspect of the job? Experiencing new skills, plants and meeting new people. The fact that I get to live in a stately home is good too.

And the worst? The written work we have to complete can get tedious, even though I know it's good for me.

What is your greatest achievement? I'm proud of winning the Scottish round of the Young Horticulturist of the Year but I'll see what happens in the final on 7 May!

How do you wind down? I go running, read and play rugby. It's also nice to wander around the gardens when the public have gone.

What does the future hold? I'd like to work in a visitor garden, a community-based project or education since I enjoy working with people.


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