I’m writing this post on International Women’s day, the 8th March. The theme this year is ‘Make It Happen’
Recently we have talked to a number of prominent female horticulturalists about their careers and how they would suggest encouraging more young girls to ‘Make it Happen’ in the world of Horticulture. They were all so enthusiastic and helpful that we have decided to split their comments over a few posts. So in this post we will feature Rosy Hardy, of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Rosy is the most decorated female exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here’s what she had to say.
What is your first gardening memory?
Pruning Queen Elizabeth Roses in my grandmother’s garden.
Who is your gardening inspiration?
A lovely old lady called Miss Maisie Cunningham in Edinburgh.
Why do you think it is important to encourage young people to garden?
It is important that young people get off their backsides and go outside and enjoy the fresh air.
The theme for International Women’s day is “Make It Happen” what are your top tips for helping young girls interested in a career in gardening, and how they can make it happen?
Try to be practical and gain as much knowledge as possible about the plants you really love. Keep notebooks of plants of interest and any new horticultural techniques you may need this as reference.
What ideas do you have to help encourage young girls into gardening?
Yes, you can do it!
Do you have any advice for girls or women looking at horticulture as a future career?
Be happy to work outside in all weathers and don’t mind creepy crawlies.
Do you have any anecdotes you would like to share about working & gardening with young people or in schools?
Don’t put slugs down their necks.
What is your desert island garden tool?
A pair of ARS snips.
What is your favourite thing about gardening?
The life of plants.