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Gardening Team

Green fingered and hardy, our gardeners work day in and day out to keep the 'set' in pristine condition. Just try to find a weed in those borders...

Mairi Rattray

Q.  What is your role on Beechgrove?
A.  Head Gardener

Q.  What do you like best about working on Beechgrove?
A.  The people I work with.

Q.  If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A.  A dandelion – I can thrive in tough conditions and have many good qualities. 

Q: Has Beechgrove ever inspired you to do something in your own garden?
A.  Lots, but I rarely get the chance. 

Q: Any words of wisdom on Beechgrove or gardening in general?
A.  A garden is not made by singing 'oh how beautiful' and sitting in the shade – Rudyard Kipling.

 

Claire Howard

Q.  What is your role on Beechgrove?
A.  Gardener

Q.  What do you like best about working on Beechgrove?
A.  Working as part of a team in an interesting, diverse garden.

Q.  If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A.  Fuchsia ‘Flashlight’ – reliable but not very flashy.

Q: Has Beechgrove ever inspired you to do something in your own garden?
A.  Use a propagator to get things going earlier in the season.

Q: Any words of wisdom on Beechgrove or gardening in general?
A.  Take the time to enjoy your garden, don’t work all the time.

 

Elien Groot

Q.  What is your role on Beechgrove?
A.  Gardener

Q.  What do you like best about working on Beechgrove?
A.  It’s great to work in a beautiful environment, and with really nice people. There’s lots of variety: decorative areas, flowers, shrubs, trees, greenhouse work, propagation, fruit, vegetables - and hard work and good fun.

Q.  If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A.  I suppose I should say a tulip, since I come from Holland…

Q: Has Beechgrove ever inspired you to do something in your own garden?
A.  A number of things - one that springs to mind is that after my Fuchsia ‘Black Prince’ had a little accident, I followed Carole’s advice on pruning for a standard Fuchsia. It’s coming on ok (or at any rate looks better than it did after its mishap).

Q: Any words of wisdom on Beechgrove or gardening in general?
A.  Feed the soil. Look after your soil and the soil will look after your plants.