The annual Teagasc Careers in Horticulture Open Day event was held on 7 March in the new education building where Teagasc operates in the historic location that is the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin. Over 20 companies from all aspects of horticulture were represented, showcasing their businesses to current and prospective horticulture students. Students from the Teagasc College and other horticultural training providers in the greater Dublin area and beyond were present to meet with the industry and college staff to find out about a career in horticulture.
The format was a combination of informal networking with company representatives and speakers. The speakers were Dr. Matthew Jebb from the OPW National Botanic Gardens, and Diarmuid Gavin, well-known garden designer and TV personality. Both gave very well received accounts of their horticultural experiences. The college principal John Mulhern also had a Q&A session with two of the students, Ruta Makaraite and David Remaud, which stimulated a lot of interaction with the audience. John told HC, “Both of these students are currently finishing their degrees in horticulture at the college, having started at certificate level in horticulture four years ago. They both spoke very well about their educational journey in horticulture at the college. Overall, a very positive experience was delivered to the attendees who engaged fully with all aspects of the afternoon.”
Applications for the courses are now open. Contact the college for details or see www.teagasc.ie ✽