I have a small landscaping company and I'm learning a lot about the business. Even though I was working in the industry, I'm looking at everything now from a professional point of view.The teachers are top class & very helpful - and they make it easy as well.I think it's a great stepping stone for anyone gardening on an amateur basis to go on to a higher level. I would recommend it to anyone.
I'd been working in Horticulture for 29 years when I found out I could come on the Horticulture degree course as an advanced entry third year student.It was brilliant -I could take 3 weeks block release and days here and there, so it worked really well with my other responsibilities. There's a lot in it - it's quite demanding but its really enjoyable. When i get my degree I'll be able to put that on my CV and it may lend some credence to the wealth of experience I have.
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) (advanced Entry to year 3)
I am a horticultural technician in the National Botanic Gardens: I do propagation, plant identification, plant walks. The course has helped me with presentations, writing up assignments, and it is also given me an empathy with students I deal with.
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.