Jamie Butterworth, aged 21, will tomorrow officially become a Royal Horticultural Society ambassador and join luminaries such Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, James Wong, Adam Frost, George Hassall and Nick Knowles in the role.
Butterworth is joint show plant manager at Hortus Loci having joined the trade nursery last year after two years at RHS Garden Wisley.
He has been instrumental in the the Young Horts movement. At Hortus Loci he works with two other young horticulturists, Pedro Mayor and Michael Buck. They are jointly responsible for the production of 200,000 thousand plants that Hortus Loci grow for landscape architects and garden designers.
Butterworth said: "Becoming an RHS ambassador truly is a dream come true for me, I am over the moon to be joining such a prestigious line up of ambassadors. I am 100% passionate about horticulture, and I am extremely grateful to the RHS for giving me this opportunity to help promote horticulture to young people across the UK, At the moment, horticulture is seen is only seen as a career option if you have failed academically, this simply isn't true, Horticulture has to be one of the most fun, exciting, rewarding industry out there, and I want to use my ambassadorship to show young people this.
"My day to day work at Hortus Loci is both stimulating and challenging and I continue to learn each day. Growing the plants for major RHS shows is both equal parts exhilarating and nerve-wracking! I really do have my dream job, and I hope to convey my passion for growing and gardening to young people via my RHS Ambassadorship. I can’t wait to get started."
Hortus Loci director Mark Straver said: "We couldn't be prouder of Jamie. He is a credit to the industry and with this platform that the RHS have given him he will be able to convey his passion and knowledge and promote our industry to young people as an exciting environment to work in and one with sky’s the limit prospects for those that seize their opportunities."