Me & My job - Fay Dyke, nursery assistant, Hanging Gardens Nursery

Fay Dyke, nursery assistant, Hanging Gardens Nursery  - image: Hanging Gardens Nursery
Fay Dyke, nursery assistant, Hanging Gardens Nursery - image: Hanging Gardens Nursery

How did you get started?

Plants have always fascinated me, although it was only while studying the national diploma at Writtle College that I realised how important horticulture is as an industry and that I wanted to pursue a career in it. I was volunteering at RHS Hyde Hall Garden, where I gained a wealth of knowledge that stood me in good stead for my future.

What advice would you give others?

Particularly to school-leavers and young horticulturists, it would be to work hard to achieve your ambitions, always remembering how important the horticultural industry is.

What does your typical day involve?

A typical day would involve the maintenance and production of hanging baskets as well as work on the nursery such as watering, pruning and customer care. Every day is different.

What is the best part of your job?

Particularly while studying for the final year of my degree, meeting people and resolving design issues. This can be very interesting and equally rewarding.

And the worst?

The worst part of my job would be having to disregard plants that are not up to retail standard and the worst thing about my degree would be having to alter a design because the client has changed their mind.

What piece of kit can you not do without?

When designing, my scale ruler and drawing board. However, when I am out on the nursery, it's a pair of Felco secateurs.

What is your greatest achievement?

The completion of my certificate in ornamental horticulture at Hyde Hall. Also, being awarded a silver gilt medal at this year's RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

How do you wind down after a hard day?

I like to catch up with my friends and walk my dog.

What does the future hold?

I graduate next year and I am very excited by my future opportunities. I aspire to set up a landscape design practice.


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