Me & My Job - Matthew Everett, graduate intern, Howard Nurseries

Matthew Everett, graduate intern, Howard Nurseries - image: Howard Nurseries
Matthew Everett, graduate intern, Howard Nurseries - image: Howard Nurseries

How did you get started in the industry? My first summer job was on a farm in my village where we grew sedum for green roofs. It was something I always came back to during my school holidays and breaks from university. I found my current position through the University of East Anglia graduate programme.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Don’t be alarmed if people know more than you. Once you start working with plants you’ll start learning more about them. Pick one variety and try to learn some basic facts about them. That can make it easier to pick up new things about other varieties.

What does your typical day involve? It’s a very varied role. I’ll often be talking to customers and taking their orders or helping with their enquiries. I’m always on the lookout for news about the nursery to tweet or add to our website.

What is the best aspect of your job? Hearing how pleased our customers are when their order arrives. The dedication horticulturists have for plants and gardens never ceases to amaze me and it’s nice that I can help.

And the worst? Having to walk about in the rain looking for plants to photograph for our "looking good" list. They never look as good as when the sun is out.

What have you been working on recently? I’m currently preparing the PR for this year’s trade shows.

What has been your greatest achievement at work? Running the social media campaign for our gold medal winning display at Chelsea.

What does the future hold for the industry? I would like to see more done to preserve older varieties. Groups such as Plant Heritage are doing a fantastic job and it would be good to see more done.

How do you unwind after a hard day at work? I enjoy going for a run at Ickworth Park or baking a fresh loaf of bread.

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