Wednesday 11 June 2014
Rachael is one of two new gardeners appointed to Mount Stewart. This is a complete career change for her. She worked in health service administration for 10 years, then got her own house and was completely smitten with the garden and gardening. She went to CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise) in 2010 for a three-year course, studying one day a week while keeping on her original job. Did volunteering work with Belfast City Council and Parks Department at Belfast Castle. Succeeded in getting a placement with Historic and Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme, 6 months with Mount Stewart and 6 months with Rowallane. Then she applied successfully for a permanent position as Gardener with Mount Stewart. Her area of responsibility is the Lily Wood. She believes this was all meant to be as her favourite flower is the lily, as was her mother’s and she has a tattoo of a lily on her shoulder.
Happy days for Rachael. We had our first day working with her today. A joy to work with.