I chose to study Horticulture as my father works in the business and I had an interest in this while growing up. I chose to study at ITB as I liked the way the course has a lot of choices and work placement. I really enjoyed the hard landscape construction week & the group project work in the courtyard garden at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. I would like to follow a career in plant propogation, either in nursery stock production or food production. It's such a versatile course and opens so many doors to follow as a career.
It covers a variety of things; business and law if you want to set up your own business. It’s a hands-on subject, experience is what gets you the knowledge. Practical training, pruning, planting, plant propagation – it’s stuff you can’t really learn through theory, it’s trial and error. Machinery is another aspect you need to know about and be able to fix, if you’re on a job and it breaks down.
I had a garden at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park as a designer, so that was great exposure. There was a national student competition Bord Bia were running, and the winner got a spot at Bloom and €5000 towards the garden design. I won the competition. The garden I designed is a small garden.
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Work Based) (BN907)
I got into green keeping by accident. I started landscaping when I was 16; I did two weeks of that on work experience and I realised that was what I wanted to do. Before I came to ITB, I had come so far in my career as a green keeper.
To be honest, my whole life has changed so much since I started college. I had such a routine built up that I was actually bored with what was going on in my life. I am just so busy these days, and I love it.