Craig Wade, show plant manager, Hortus Loci

How did you get started in the industry? Accidently, to start with. When I left school I went to work for a landscape maintenance and construction business.

Image: Hortus Loci
Image: Hortus Loci

After a while, I realised I really enjoyed anything to do with plants so then went to work on various nurseries before I ended up at Hortus Loci.

What advice would you give to others starting out?

If you have a passion and affinity for what you do, coupled with plenty of luck, good things will come.

What does your typical day involve?

It starts off with assessing all show plants, be it RHS shows or contract-grown plants for landscape architects. Then the actions list needs attention and off we go from there.

What are the main differences between working for Crocus and Hortus Loci?

The amount of responsibility. I had a great time at Crocus as a nursery assistant, but now I am at Hortus Loci I am the show plant manager, a huge job of which I and my family are extremely proud.

Which designers are you working with for Chelsea?

Among others, Jinny Blom (my favourite), Nigel Dunnett, Robert Myers, Ulf Nordfjell, Catherine MacDonald, Willmott Whyte, Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam.

What is the best aspect of your job?

Meeting all the designers, big and small. Growing new plants to show-quality standard. The final result when every plant has been delivered for that particular job.

And the worst?

Having to deal with extreme weather conditions and the complications that come with them.

What does the future hold?

I am extremely excited to be working for a new and very fast-growing business. More shows, more contract-grown orders in the UK and across Europe, and getting involved with the Plant Arena that will be built during the next 18 months.


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