H is for Horticulturalist

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Horace and Hortense are horticulturalists. Their top job would be to work in a world-famous garden such as Highgrove or Kew. They started growing hyacinths in bowls when they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Now they have high-level qualifications and grow hundreds of thousands of herbaceous plants every year. They work with their hands and know the value of horse-manure and humus in improving the soil.

Herbaceous border at Nymans

Herbaceous border at Nymans

Further reading: some world-famous gardens are Highgrove and The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

When I picked the names for the people in this post I was unaware that Hortense means gardener. I found out by chance, when I put the name into a search to confirm the spelling.

The first people in the Bible lived in a garden. Genesis 2:8-25

For once I have a suitable photo. There are more from my visit to Nymans on Sue’s words and pictures.

4 thoughts on “H is for Horticulturalist

  1. One of my draft novels is linked to Kew and all about Gardeners. This reminds me I need to edit, edit like the wind.
    I’ve been thinking we all need to understand and pay much more attention to soil in our daily lives.
    You’re having a great AtoZ, I’m loving the snippets and looking forward to seeing the rest of the alphabet.

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