Three of the best new nurseries

Desirable Plants, Devon

Julian and Sarah Sutton are a husband-and-wife team based in Totnes. They don’t open their nursery to the public; instead, they sell at small shows or by mail order. But don’t dismiss them. This Devon nursery has an unusual, eclectic range of plants and it evolves and changes every year.

Why Go? This couple are really plugged into the international scene and they pick up newly collected plants. So if you like epimediums, for instance, you have dozens to choose from – far more than most nurseries can offer. The choice includes old standards such as E. x versicolor ‘Versicolor’ and Roy Lancaster’s newer introduction, ‘Galaxy’. Other specialities include shade-loving primulas, ferns, arisaemas, polygonatums, thalictrums and anemones. Southern hemisphere nerines, eucomis and watsonias also feature heavily – if this couple enjoy growing a plant they propagate it. They also sell a range of named snowdrops at better prices than many.

Top Tips Even experienced gardeners will need to get a catalogue or use the website. There are no pictures but the plant descriptions are very evocative and there are some rare treasures to be had. If you wish to collect plants you can – but only by prior arrangement. Otherwise your plants will be delivered in peak condition.

  • Desirable Plants, Pentamar, Crosspark, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5BQ (www.desirableplants.com); send 5 x 1st class stamps for a catalogue.

What IS a Horticulturist? What IS a Landscape Architect? You mean they are different?!

National

ASHS – American Society of Horticulture Science

CPH – Certified Professional Horticulturist
– Must Possess at least a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree from an accredited U.S., Canadian or foreign institution with a major in horticulture, or a closely allied field of science, and meet the minimum core requirements.
– Minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in horticulture after receipt of BS degree.
– Candidate with a Masters or Doctoral degree may substitute two (2) years of professional experi¬ence for each degree held.
-Activities such as farm management, consulting, research, extension, and teaching must make up a minimum of 70% of the applicant’s time working directly with horticulture issues for any time period to count fully as work experience.
– Professional References required.
CH – Certified Horticulturist
Must pass extensive ASHS CP Exam, in addition to:
– Must be employed full-time in the field of horticulture and have a minimum of three years of paid full-time experience in horticulture,
-OR must be employed full-time in the field of horticulture, possess a two-year degree in a horticultural field and have two (2) years of paid full-time experience in horticulture
– OR must be employed full-time in the field of horticulture, possess a four-year degree in a horticultural field and have one (1) year of paid full-time experience in horticulture.

ISA – International Society of Arboriculture

CA – Certified Arborist – certified arborists have a minimum of three years of experience in some aspect of tree care and have passed an exam developed by a panel of experts. The exam extensively covers every aspect of tree care and the individuals must have an acceptable level of knowledge in all areas of arboriculture.

CLARB – Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards

CLA – Certified Landscape Architect
-Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture
-Two year’s work experience under a CLA. Some states allow for Seven years of work experience to substitute for a degree.
-Pass L.A.R.E (Landscape Architecture Registration Exam)
-Apply for review for CLARB certification status.

APLD – Association of Professional Landscape Designers
CLD – Certified Landscape Designer
APLD’s certification program confers professional recognition to landscape designers based on established standards of excellence. Currently, 20 percent of APLD members are certified. Certification is available for Professional members in good standing who have been practicing landscape design for a minimum of four years. It is the only landscape design certification program in the United States.
The certification review process, overseen by our certification committee, evaluates a candidate’s submitted work, consisting of three installed projects. For each project, the designer submits drawings, a plant list, a design intent statement and photographs.

Texas Nursery and Landscape Association – Different states will have their own nursery and landscape associations that will provide similar industry certifications.

TCNP – Texas Certified Nursery Professional – The Texas Certified Landscape Professional (TCNP) program certifies individuals in the nursery and landscape industry that possess a high degree of knowledge and skill in horticulture and the retail nursery business. Individuals must pass an exam developed by experts that covers: Plant Culture, Plant Identification, merchandising, and Landscape Design. Individuals must be working in the Nursery Industry.

An applicant must meet one of the following educational or work requirements in addition to the exam:
-Bachelor’s degree in an industry related field.
-Associate degree in an industry related field plus 500 hours of industry work experience within the last 2 years.
-Completed 2000 cumulative hours of industry work experience within the last 2 years.
-Completed 300 hours of classroom instruction in high school horticulture and 1000 hours of industry work experience.

TMCNP – Master Texas Certified Nursery Professional (additional testing required)

TCLP- Texas Certified Landscape Professional – Have been a full time employee (with a firm actively engaged in the industry) for at least 6 months within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application.
An applicant must meet one of the following educational or work requirements in addition to the exam:
– Bachelor’s degree in landscape design, installation, or management
– Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field plus 4000 hours of industry work experience
– Associate degree in landscape design, installation or management plus 4000
hours of industry work experience
– Completed 300 hours of classroom instruction in high school horticulture and 6000 hours of industry work
experience
– Completed 8000 cumulative hours of industry work experience

Volunteer Organizations

Master Gardener – Master Gardener Programs are volunteer programs affiliated with a State Cooperative extension service office and a land-grant university that educates the public on gardening and horticultural issues. Typically Master Gardeners answer home owner questions via phone, speak at public events and participate in community gardening displays. Individuals that pursue Master Gardener training are generally amateur gardeners with an interest in community outreach and supporting the professional community. “Master Gardener” is not a professional certification and should not be confused with, or used as, a professional degree or certification. Master Gardeners may not use the designation to advertise or promote personal gardening services.

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