Roseanne Reid: Four questions with the 'Horticulture' singer songwriter

Daughter of The Proclaimers' Craig Reid Roseanne Reid has released an EP of Scots-Americana music called 'Horticulture'.

Roseanne Reid
Roseanne Reid

Reid works at a Dundee plant wholesale nursery and is also a singer-songwriter who is working on her second album.

What do you do at the nursery?

At the nursery, I work in a team getting the wide variety of plants we sell ready fordelivery. We sell to garden centres and landscape gardeners among others. Right now, we’re getting around 3000 plants potted on into larger pots every day. They can then be put outside or into the polytunnels. I’m also taking cuttings and getting them into trays with a compost, perlite and grit growing medium. I wish them luck in rooting and then put them into the misting unit! Plant propagation is a large part of my job and I find it very rewarding.

What does horticulture mean to you?

Horticulture is something I’ve always been interested in, but I’ve only started to hone my knowledge within the last year. After the pandemic brought the live music industry to a standstill, I decided to use the time to pursue something new. I went back to college to study Horticulture and I was lucky enough to get a job at the nursery. The more I learn, the greater an appreciation I have for the natural world.

Studying and working within the industry has given me the confidence to try new things in my own garden, including installing a raised bed for vegetable growing! Even something as simple as going for a walk, I notice the plants and insects around me more now. It’s such an exciting thing, watching how they work.

How has horticulture influenced your songwriting?

Horticulture has influenced my songwriting in a few ways. Having a greater understanding of the natural world with all its complexity and beauty just reinforces the responsibility we all have to nurture and care for it. I see music as something healing I can release into the world, for all forms of life. Studying and working in horticulture has brought me closer to nature and the creativity that stems from it.

Having seen the Proclaimers many times, are they gardeners?

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