Me & my job - Dean Walsh, Meanwhile Gardens, Kensington & Chelsea Mind

Dean Walsh, Meanwhile Gardens, Kensington & Chelsea Mind - photo: Dean Walsh
Dean Walsh, Meanwhile Gardens, Kensington & Chelsea Mind - photo: Dean Walsh

- How did you get started in horticulture?

When I was young I was made to mow the lawns for my parents. I used to buy plants for their anniversaries and help to plant them out. I eventually started my own garden maintenance and design business in Sydney, Australia, in 1998 and eventually sold it in 2006.

- What does your typical day involve?

As business development manager, the organising of maintenance, planting, the buying of materials and administration works are an every day occurrence. I also liaise with other departments and work in unison with other garden organisations on jobs.

- What takes up most of your time?

The organisation of the business. I must say that I am lucky to have great people on board, allowing me the freedom to be able to do the bookwork.

- Do you get out of the office enough?

I go out to nurseries at Crews Hill to buy for the gardening jobs we have during the week. I also get to go out and meet with potential clients.

- What is the best part of your job?

Working with a great team and seeing the progress shown by the trainees and the enjoyment they have learning from the courses taught here.

- And the worst?

To be honest, I haven't experienced that as yet, although the client can be a difficult animal to tame.

- What kit can't you do without?

Secateurs and common sense.

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

I've always loved a good book, so reading and a cuppa does it for me. I also go to the gym.

- What does the future hold?

I would like to think that I will continue to work with Mind to develop its garden business and continue to help the people who train with us so they can work towards their goals.


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