Sue Jeffries Garden Advice and Training Tel. 07443 459818
From helping out my Gran in her kitchen garden when I was a child to doing a ‘make-over’ in the garden of my first house, I have loved being outside and gardening. For a long time gardening was only a hobby, while I continued with my management job in a city centre office. But after moving house into a more rural area I decided to take the plunge and retrain as a professional horticulturalist and complete a practical traineeship in a restored historic garden. Find out more about my move into horticulture at Shoot and at Janet Broughton’s Fifty Portraits Projects.
Since then I have set up a garden design and maintenance business in Lancashire and combined it with teaching gardening and horticulture skills to children, adults and those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.
Through this I have become a fully qualified teacher and can now pass on my gardening
knowledge and expertise through one-to-one advice and training as well as group workshops,
training sessions, courses and talks. I‘ve worked with MIND Tameside, Oldham and
Glossop, Lancashire Adult Learning, Chorley Council, Longridge Town Council, Progress
Housing, RSPB and Groundwork MSSTT as well as many other customers across Lancashire.
I currently manage and deliver a range of therapeutic gardening courses for Start
At Manchester’s ‘Dig the City Garden Festival’ in 2014 I designed and built a mini-show garden to publicise the Turton Tower Kitchen Garden - winning ‘Best in Show’ in the ‘Grow Anywhere’ category. Then in 2015 I worked with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to create “The Playful Garden” designed to encourage children to use all their senses to explore and play in the garden, which was awarded a Gold Medal.
In July 2016 I ran children’s gardening workshops and talks on Creative Container Gardening at Chorley Flower Show in Astley Hall Park. In November of 2016 I took on the role of an Assessor for the RHS’s ‘Green Plan It’ project for secondary school students in the North West.
Professional Qualifications and Training
I spent a total of six years at Myerscough College in Lancashire studying firstly for my FDSc Professional Gardening and Plant Knowledge (for which I received Distinction) and then my teaching qualification - PCGE (Post Compulsory) with QTLS. I studied with some very knowledgeable tutors while I was there and enjoyed using the practical facilities; learning to drive small tractors and backing trailers was particularly interesting!
Prior to my time at Myerscough I studied at Reaseheath College, Cheshire for a BTEC Advanced Certificate in Garden Design; again learning from inspiring tutors who had worked as landscape architects across the UK and even overseas.
My practical hands-on horticultural training was gained through a year-long part time traineeship at Pendle Heritage Centre’s Walled Garden. This was organised up by the Women’s Farm and Garden Association (WFGA); which sets up traineeships nationally.
Teaching on a ‘hands-on’ workshop on plant propagation.
Talk on Creative Containers at Chorley Flower Show July 2016
Dig the City Awards:
2014 Best in Show & 2015 Gold Medal