Hello, I'm Harriet Rycroft. I'm a career-change gardener. I've always been happiest pottering in gardens, but this only became a career after I had children. I studied horticulture part time for a few years while they were very young, and volunteered at Hidcote Manor Gardens, then became a gardener at Whichford Pottery. After a couple of years I was in sole charge as Head Gardener, planning, creating and maintaining large displays of planted pots all year round, including spectacular displays at Chelsea Flower Show. I also propagated most of the plants for these displays. I stayed at Whichford for 13 and a half years, during that time I wrote a regular blog about the garden, travelled to Japan, Germany, Holland and Sweden to give talks and demonstrations and gave talks and demos here in the UK. Now I am independent, still experimenting with container planting at home, also spending a couple of days a week working with the talented team at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens - who have a well-deserved reputation for exciting planting both in the ground and in containers. I blog at harrietrycroft.com and am easy to find on social media.