Hi, I’m Kay and I took over the Hortographical blog in February 2013.
I have been a gardener all my life, sometimes earning my living from it, always enjoying it. Some years ago I succumbed to pressure from well intentioned friends and family who said things like “gardening is no job for a girl” and “what will you do if/when your back goes” and I gave up gardening (well, working as a gardener) and went to university.
There I did a degree in forestry and a while later an MSc in agriculture. I then started working on projects involved with all kinds of agriculture (including horticulture) and woodland management. Although now I’m mainly back to gardening again.
For anyone considering changing from a practical and physical way of life to that of academia I’d say be careful. If you like being busy and physically active studying can be soul destroying: long periods cooped up indoors with not very much to do. As a student, I only had about 12hrs of lectures per week, but they were dotted all over the place making it hard to fit in anything around them. However, it is undoubtedly true that once you’ve got qualifications under your belt you will be paid more to do less than you ever did before:)
I hope you enjoy the site. Kay, Feb 2013.