Me & My Job - Dan Curran, founding director, Ginkgo Gardens

Dan Curran, founding director, Ginkgo Gardens - image: Ginkgo Gardens
Dan Curran, founding director, Ginkgo Gardens - image: Ginkgo Gardens

How did you get started in the industry? I was studying to be a charted surveyor at Cirencester but found it was not for me so I did some work experience for a tree surgeon instead. I left my university course and spent the next five-and-a-half years studying horticulture at various colleges.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Spend as much time learning as you can. Horticulture is a huge subject and there are a surprising number of people in the industry with far too little knowledge of the trade. Stand out from the crowd.

What does your typical day involve? I often visit a site before I do anything else. It is very important to make sure the staff are clear on what they are meant to be doing — if they make a mistake it is my fault. After that I go to Ginkgo Garden headquarters in Victoria to make sure our invoices are in order and make appointments. Afternoons consist of meetings and discussions with managers, looking at works schedules and planning upcoming projects.

What is the best aspect of your job? Diversity and working with great people. I love that my job involves carrying out truly satisfying work and that the business develops and grows every year.

And the worst? Fungus.

What have you been working on recently? A Berkeley Homes project and a big planting scheme for Regency Apartments.

What has been your biggest achievement at work? Survival. Also winning contracts with Peabody Estates and Origin Housing.

What does the future hold for the industry? New legislation is getting rid of unregulated contractors. We are becoming a better regulated industry with a lot more professional people carrying out a better quality of work.

How do you unwind after a hard day at work? A glass of whiskey and a good book.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next



If used thoughtfully, a selection of these plants can give flower from midwinter to early summer, notes Miranda Kimberley.

Sargent's solutions - avoiding potential pitfalls when accepting extra landscaping work

Sargent's solutions - avoiding potential pitfalls when accepting extra landscaping work

Taking a considered approach can help prevent welcome requests for extra work becoming a curse, Alan Sargent explains.

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Battery chainsaws offer many advantages while innovative technology shelps the latest petrol models meet emissions standards, writes Sally Drury.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

-Download the Digital Edition

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.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer