Experience

A year working in a large, family-run nursery in Christchurch, NZ, taught her many fundamental, horticultural skills from plant propagation and production tasks of the wholesale nursery business through to the character building responsibility of serving, informing and selling to customers.

For several years Wendy was employed by the NZ Government working with scientists, researching potentially alternative crops, for diversification, for horticultural and agricultural growers. This work involved all aspects of growing crops on an agricultural scale, managing the harvest and storage techniques, and getting these alternative crops to the market. The primary crops involved included garlic, parsley, tarragon, chives, sage, thyme and various lavenders for their essential oils.

For 18 months she was a member of the gardens staff at Harewood House, working on the team led by renowned horticulturalist and television presenter, Alan Mason. This time has proven to be invaluable for Wendy, as she learnt so much about plants and the gardens of England and the northern hemisphere, adding to her knowledge of the native flora and gardening in New Zealand.

Teaching The RHS General Certificate Level 2, The BTech Qualifications and City and Guilds Certificates, established Wendy's part-time teaching career.

Wendy has also been involved with lecturing and speaking engagements, most recently about RHS Harlow Carr.