Me & My Job - Christine Howard, Howard Nurseries

Christine Howard, Howard Nurseries - photo: HW
Christine Howard, Howard Nurseries - photo: HW

- How did you get started in horticulture and what has been your route to working at the nursery?

I started at a young age as my father owns a horticultural business and I worked there part time. I also gained experience elsewhere by working in a local plant centre and nurseries. I went on to study business studies for three years followed by a degree in horticulture at Writtle College. After Writtle I worked at Houghton Hall walled garden in Norfolk. I have been in the family business full time for three years now.

- What does your typical day involve?

I don't have a typical day. I generally start in the office checking emails, then try to go round each department. I help where needed - either potting, packing or splitting, or I can be found in the greenhouse or office. During the run up to the show season I also meet designers for Chelsea and Hampton Court to help them with the show process. I also oversee human resource issues.

- What takes up most of your time?

Considering approaches to staff development. I arrange training, particularly for the apprentices.

- Do you get out of the office enough?

Yes. I am half in the office and half out.

- What is the best part of your job?

The fact that every day is different.

- And the worst?

The weather at this time of year.

- What piece of kit can't you do without?

My hat is glued to my head when it's cold.

- How do you wind down after a day's work?

I like going to the gym and occasionally to Newmarket races.

- What does the future hold?

I hope I can build and help move the business forward. I also plan to continue developing my business and plant skills.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Tractors: market roundup

Tractors: market roundup

Manufacturers are working to provide solutions to many challenges. Sally Drury looks at their newest models.

Aster

Aster

Brightening up gardens in autumn, these daisies are seen as a gem in the gardener's arsenal, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Are tree suppliers seeing the benefit of the health message of trees?

Are tree suppliers seeing the benefit of the health message of trees?

The message that health, the environment and business all benefit from trees is finally getting through, but are nurseries seeing an upturn? Sally Drury reports.


Opinion... Why no-deal Brexit should worry you

Opinion... Why no-deal Brexit should worry you

Whether you voted leave or remain all those years ago, a "no-deal" Brexit should worry you.

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I find myself in a difficult situation. A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be present to hear details of imminent changes to regulations concerning Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) and oak trees. I heard details, asked questions and probed the implications of these changes. That may not sound like a difficult position to be in, yet I am uneasy.

Opinion... Better targets to tackle pollution

Opinion... Better targets to tackle pollution

Lobby groups jumping onto fashionable campaigns, often to promote their own interests, can do much more harm than good. Take, for example, the move against black polythene plant pots and containers.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 60 Ornamentals nurseries

See our exclusive RANKING of ornamentals nurseries by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles