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What's the position you're applying for Guy?
swot up on the basic GC type plants and let them know you'll be able to advise on size, care etc. But don't intimidate the boss by knowing more than him/her. Mention your ability to help the totally ignorant choose a plant suitable for their garden and have success with it.
Perhaps talk about your own garden and any areas you are particularly interested in.Have you ever helpled anyone with their garden?
Shows you are keen Guy
Yes,let us know how you get on. Good luck
gab82 I would also think about an answer if you are asked about how much interaction you currently have with the general public, I assume as a chef you don't have a lot of contact with the customers. Also be prepared to give examples of how well you work alongside others.
The place where my OH works shares it's site with a GC - he says that one of the most important attributes needed at the GC is to be observant - to notice when plants need watering before they show it - so many times bedding plants are left in the sun to wilt, or watered whether they need it or not and then get botrytis - the observant staff don't let it happen.
Good luck Guy
i agree about the neglect of some plants in G C, how many of us have bought a neglected plant just to save its life, ... hopefully.!!
That would be my dream job, good luck
Look at what they concentrate on selling now, and gen up on those as a starter… no point being ignorant on those… or an expert on plants they don't focus on either. Have a FEW " good" ideas of your own where you think that these can add value to the business, but don't be a know it all . Even if they have tried these ideas in the past they should still appreciate that you have thought about the issue and could be a positive asset for the future.
By all means ask about qualifications as this is a sign of how good an employer they are. However, even then you may be expected to do all or most of it in your own time, and perhaps for minimal financial reward. GCs are not in the upper quartile of payers!
Take photos of your own garden and plants. Show them at your interview.
Keenness I think. To show energy too....viz., display an active enthusiasm for plants etc. and a passion for horticulture
To know the company. Have you looked up the company? When did it start? What does it sell? Just plants? Say why you would like to work there.
Do you have a favourite group of plants? Do you know the basics ...the essentials for healthy plant growth? (sorry if you do but I think you will be asked this)
Good luck guy. Let us know how you get on
Green gardening fingers crossed for you!
gab82 if you think the interview went well, it probably went brill. Please let us know when you get confirmation. Best wishes.