Jeanette Jones

Horticulturist – RHS Hyde Hall

What I most enjoy is the fact that there is always something to learn and discover about plants, horticulture and the environment

I had been commuting to London for twenty years, working in the travel industry and then in administrative posts for a University.  When I realised I was spending too much time gazing out of the window watching the gardeners work, I decided that it was time for a change.

I went to evening classes to study for the City & Guilds Certificate in Gardening followed by the RHS Level 2 course, and then undertook seasonal jobs in garden maintenance.  When the Horticulturist post became available at Hyde Hall it was an ideal opportunity to combine my enthusiasm for horticulture together with my administrative background and use of databases.

I have now worked at RHS Garden Hyde Hall since 2007.  My role involves looking after the plant records and labelling with help from two volunteers. My tasks range from logging newly planted areas, to putting out labels throughout the garden, ensuring labels are visible to visitors, updating the RHS horticultural database BG-BASE, measuring trees and answering horticultural queries.

What I most enjoy is the fact that there is always something to learn and discover about plants, horticulture and the environment. 

Jeanette's posts and conversations

  • Free plants among the pots

    Discovering seedlings and the beauty of seedheads in borders

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  • Green is the new black

    At this time of the year there seems to be a green haze in the air as trees cloak themselves in

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  • Seasonal confusion 

    The mild weather is confusing garden plants with bulbs springing up and flowers appearing on su

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  • The last supper

    Dining out at Hyde Hall – top autumn eateries for insects are also a feast for the eyes

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  • Rural rhythms

    The Cottage Garden and the Modern Country Garden have distinct styles giving a different atmosp

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  • Aliens in the Dry Garden?

    Over the past few weeks in the Dry Garden some rather distinctive and strange-looking plants ha

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  • A busy time in the arrivals lounge here at Hyde Hall

    It’s that time of the year when new plant deliveries at the garden require their passport

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  • The ideal time for checking labels

    I love this time of the year and for many reasons. Not only are spring bulbs flowering it is al

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  • What's in a name?

    With a vast and superb array of new and old trees around the lake at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, labe

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  • The challenges of labelling plants

    Labelling plants at RHS Garden Hyde Hall is a more in-depth, precise undertaking than you might

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  • Weekend work party

    As a member of the curatorial team my role includes covering the weekend rota - the duties invo

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  • Plant logging the Dry Garden

    My job involves recording all the planting at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, which, on a lovely day, is

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