Me & My Job - Marek Sowa, nursery manager, Hortus Loci

Marek Sowa, nursery manager, Hortus Loci - image: Hortus Loci
Marek Sowa, nursery manager, Hortus Loci - image: Hortus Loci

- What does your typical day involve?

I ensure that all orders are processed and dispatched correctly and also oversee the work organisation of the entire nursery.

- What takes up most of your time?

We are expanding very rapidly at Hortus Loci, and the retail arm of the business, Whitewater Nursery, will relaunch at the end of August, so this is taking up a great deal of my time at the moment. This is along with the general day-to-day running of a nursery that has supplied tens of thousands of plants for all of the major flower shows of the season, such as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

- Do you think that you get out of the office enough?

Yes, my type of work involves my being outdoors in the growing areas constantly.

- What is the best aspect of your job?

Working with such wonderfully skilled people from whom I am constantly learning. Meeting some of the most interesting landscapers and designers on the planet and knowing that our plants can change people's lives. That's the power of nature. I also love working towards meeting the ambitious plans that Robin Wallis and Mark Straver have for Hortus Loci.

- And the worst?

The not so great British weather.

- What piece of kit can you not do without?

I could not manage without the fantastic Hortus Loci team.

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

It depends on the weather - sometimes I listen to music or watch television, sometimes I play football with friends and then go to the pub for a beer or, if it's sunny, I sit in my garden.

- What does the future hold?

I am very optimistic about my future at Hortus Loci, which I believe will become one of the most important horticultural businesses in the UK. I'm excited about being part of this dynamic period of growth.

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