Gar­den­ing ta­lent

Look­ing for a new ca­reer he could re­ally love, Vance be­came a trainee at Tren­tham Gar­dens. Now he’s a key part of the Tren­tham team, plant­ing the gar­den’s new mead­ows

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Contents - POR­TRAIT AN­DREW MONT­GOMERY

Meet Vance Green, planter of mead­ows at Tren­tham Gar­dens

Ear­li­est gar­den mem­ory I can vividly re­mem­ber ob­serv­ing my grand­mother tak­ing cut­tings and pot­ting them up in the shed while I watched on in amaze­ment. Is gar­den­ing a ca­reer change? My prior job was sell­ing car­pets and mea­sur­ing up cus­tomers’ houses – I al­ways seemed to look in the gar­den and dis­cuss the plants with the own­ers (I never told my boss that). When my el­dest daugh­ter was born I de­cided to change my ca­reer to hor­ti­cul­ture. I wanted to show that a job is not just some­thing that we have to en­dure, but can be some­thing that you love do­ing. Favourite gar­den It would have to be Tren­tham, I did my train­ing here as part of the His­toric and Botanic Gar­den Trainee Pro­gramme. I made good friends, learned worth­while skills, as-well as be­ing in­spired on a daily ba­sis by world-class de­sign­ers, such as ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ Brown, Piet Ou­dolf, Tom Stu­art-Smith and Nigel Dun­nett. Most valu­able train­ing My RHS qual­i­fi­ca­tions are my most valu­able train­ing, giv­ing me an in-depth knowl­edge of hor­ti­cul­ture. Also the NPTC qual­i­fi­ca­tions I have gained at Tren­tham and cer­tifi­cates gained with the help of the Pro­fes­sional Gar­den­ers Trust. Favourite plant­ing style This would have to be Tren­tham’s new wood­land meadow, de­signed by Nigel Dun­nett and cre­ated by the staff at Tren­tham. We will see the first full dis­play from this spring. Big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing gar­den­ers to­day Get­ting young people in the in­dus­try to be­come the head gar­den­ers of the fu­ture. How­ever, schemes such as the His­toric and Botanic Gar­den Bur­sary Scheme give young people or ca­reer chang­ers a chance to get paid while learn­ing new skills in some of our most amaz­ing gar­dens. Favourite gar­den­ing blogs or books Keep­ing up to date with the lat­est hor­ti­cul­tural news in in­dus­try mag­a­zines while read­ing ar­ti­cles on new gar­dens and rel­e­vant tasks for the time of year has be­come a favourite din­ner-time rou­tine. I can’t think of many pro­fes­sions where staff read about the job on their break, but I guess that’s what sets this in­dus­try apart from oth­ers. Con­tact Tren­tham Gar­dens new mead­ows will be com­ing into their own this sea­son. De­tails at tren­ For more in­for­ma­tion about the His­toric and Botanic Gar­den Trainee Pro­gramme, go to

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