Horticulture Careers Day

Wednesday 18th February 2015 (10am – 4pm)
at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

A day of short presentations and seminars by a range of horticulturists, covering a broad variety of careers areas, experience and advice. Aimed at anybody who is interested in a career, or further developing their career in horticulture.

Provisional Programme:

  • 10:00 Registration and Welcome - Peter Wilson Building, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
  • Relocate from SRUC to the Swann Lecture Theatre, Swann Building, King's Buildings (a 5 minute walk)
  • 10:45-13:00 A series of talks and presentations
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Talks with industry representatives
  • 16:00 Depart

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About the Event

Who is the event aimed at?

  • Anyone interested in starting a career in horticulture
  • Students on horticulture courses
  • Anyone already in horticulture wishing to progress their career
  • Anyone with qualifications / experience in another area wanting to apply these to horticulture
  • Career advisers

GROWcareers covers careers advice in horticulture under the following headings:

  • Plant science and technology
  • Arts and design
  • Business, production and food
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Sports, leisure and green space
  • Health and wellbeing

For further information visit GROWcareers.

Speakers and Seminar Leaders:

  • Practicing horticulturists from across the industry
  • Horticulture education providers

Stands and Exhibits

  • Horticultural professional societies
  • Colleges and training providers
  • Industry

Provisional Programme - Further Information

Morning Session Speakers:

  • Botanic Gardens and Apprenticeships: Cameron Tasker, RBGE
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Robert Ross, CWGC
  • Ornamental Plant Production: Mike Norris, Managing Director, New Place Nurseries
  • Landscaping: Stuart Dillett, Director, Land Engineering
  • Landscaping/ CIH Mentoring: Michael Thomson, Mr and Mrs Gardens
  • Historic and Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme: Chris Smart
  • Horticulture Science: David Kenyon, SASA
  • Retail Horticulture: Colin Barrie, Managing Director, Caulders Garden Centres

Other Industry Representatives:

  • Colin Wren, National Trust for Scotland
  • Fiona Thackery, Trellis
  • Neil Cummings, Horticultural Trades Association
  • Susan Russell, Professional Gardeners Guild
  • Thomas Angel, Angel Landscapes
  • Stan Green, Growforth Nursery