Consider volunteering at a great garden near you, there’s a wealth of knowledge at your disposal and for a few hours a week you can learn and grow, first hand.
Taking a stroll around your garden to appreciate the finer things in life may be a rare treat, what with kids birthday parties and family trips to organise there’s not often time to stop and reflect on life’s greatest pleasures.
But for those of us with a little extra time on our hands a love of gardening can turn into an all absorbing passion that grows with the seasons. Taking care of your own garden may have it’s limitations! Perhaps your garden space is limited or under control and you have a few extra hours a week to spend increasing your knowledge of gardening and specialist plant care?
Fortunately the United Kingdom’s desire to garden has allowed this green and pleasant land, to amass a collection of tended Gardens like no other. Alongside such tradition and historically valued gardens and estates are professional gardeners who enjoy nothing better than sharing their love of gardens with others.
Volunteering to work alongside qualified gardeners and professional horticulturalist has to be the best way to learn on the job! So to speak. Where else can you get this the of hands on, practical experience with support and encouragement while you work?
Discover a whole host of volunteer gardening opportunities by either speaking directly to the gardens and estates that are local to you or contact a horticultural recruitment agency that would only be happy to take your details and help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.
The following photographs taken by ukgardenphoto are a wonderful collection of top notch gardens that I have either worked at or visited and feel able to recommend.
Great gardens exist all over the UK, National Trust or English Heritage rely on volunteers to help the employed staff to keep the garden in to condition, not an easy task on a tight often restricted budget. Why not contact your favourite local garden or estate and see if you can lend a hand.