Our first Garden Academy was a get-together of ‘Hellos’ and ‘Goodbyes’. I met the other 18 lucky candidates who have joined this year’s Academy and we also said goodbye to last year’s group. I had not expected it to be an emotional send-off, however last year’s Academy had exceeded all expectations, especially as it was the launch year of the course. We clearly have a lot to live up to!
We received our uniform and a huge pack of information to help us make the most of our time spent working in store. Next, we had the year outlined to us, spoke about all the different suppliers we will visit and the time we will spend at Barnsdale Gardens, studying for our RHS qualification. Then, just in case we weren’t feeling excited-enough, Adam Frost spoke to us about Chelsea Flower Show and by the end we were brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation. I don’t want to wish the year away, however, I cannot wait for Chelsea!
I also cannot wait for next month, our first trip to Barnsdale and a day learning garden design with Adam.