Grow your business, study horticulture at CAFRE

Horticultural students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise heard from various industry speakers at the annual Horticulture Professional event held on the Green Mountain Campus.

Opening the forum, the head of the Horticulture Branch, Paul Moonny, gave some inspiring words about the opportunities available in the field of horticulture. Paul expressed his belief in the great opportunities in the industry for enthusiastic and competent students in horticulture. He encouraged the students, “Put yourself out there to fulfill your dream.”

The first guest speaker was Diarmuid Gavin, an international garden designer. Diarmuid, a regular visitor to Greenmont, began by sharing his love for the horticultural industry. “There is no better place to work in the horticulture industry,” Diarmuid told students. Then reflect on his past experiences, his opportunities and how he became a successful gardener. Diarmuid discusses how the designs were inspired, their work and future plans.

One of his most recent projects is in the gardens of Antarct Castle. He created an exciting, mechanical garden similar to the one at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In May 2022, CAFRE Horticulture students assisted in the construction and planting of the garden for the first time on Paradise Show Ireland. The gardener and television personality advised the enthusiastic audience: “You are here in great facilities and a good college ለመጠቀም ready to pursue your own dreams.

Colin Kennedy, Greenspace’s general manager, told the team about the Akorn farming plan. Akor Farm is an exciting and innovative project to develop a high quality urban culinary center in Derry / London. “Horticulture is a real profession,” says Colin. If you are determined, it will provide you with great personal rewards.

The last speaker of the afternoon was Adam Ferguson, a graduate of CAFRE, who worked as a gardener at Hillsborough Castle. Adam recently joined the Horticulture Education Team at the Green Mountain Campus. Adam shared his experience as a CAFRE student. At the Abu Dhabi Landscaping Garden, the World Talent Competition competes with team GB to compete in the World Talent Show. Adam Encourages Students to Participate in Competition: “Let them develop their technical skills, make great personal growth, and show employers the true value of your success. Adam’s curiosity and experience encouraged students to follow in his footsteps. Adam concludes: “Never underestimate the opportunities available to you in the field of horticulture and as a student.”

After the formal presentations, postgraduate and advanced students met with speakers and reviewed job opportunities on the job board.

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  1. Photo caption – Diarmuid Gavin, Horticulture Designer and Paul Moonny, Head of Horticulture, CAFRE from Horticulture Students Luke Donald (Carrickfergus) and Audrey Tham (Castlerock) at Horticulture Day at the Green Mountain Campus.
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