Me & My Job - Lucy Summers, author and owner, Open Garden Company

Lucy Summers, author and owner, Open Garden Company - image: Open Garden Company
Lucy Summers, author and owner, Open Garden Company - image: Open Garden Company

How did you get into horticulture?

My first flat had only a rough patch of grass out back. I cleaned it up and transformed it into something beautiful and got the gardening bug. As the years went on the patches got larger until I had the space to plant anything and everything.

- What does your typical day involve?

It varies massively from filming, book writing and keeping in touch with the team and clients at the garden centre.

- What is the best part of your job?

It is that I have true passion for what I do. Come rain or shine I want to go to work. I love that I have the opportunity to educate others about horticulture.

- And the worst?

I love all aspects of my job - but I wouldn't mind if it rained a little less.

- What projects are you doing?

I'm working on an Islamic garden in the Mediterranean, which is exciting. I'm also writing and editing the next books in the Green Fingers Guides series. The sixth book will be about evergreen plants, which are great for most gardeners as they offer year-round appeal.

- How do you wind down after work?

On a cold day it has to be a hot bath. Otherwise dinner with friends, reading and, yes, looking after my own garden. It's really quite restful to potter around on your own bit of soil, pleasing no-one but yourself.

- What does the future hold?

Obviously apart from writing the books there is a fair bit to be done on the marketing front and my publishers are encouraging me to get involved. We are discussing plant clinics with a major garden retailer to be staged across the country and that would be fun because instead of writing about plants, you can talk to other gardeners about their successes and failures. I am also looking for sponsorship for a large Chelsea show garden.


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