Alison Galer, RHS Royal Horticultural Society

Alison Galer
aka Florence

In 2007 I decided it was time for a career change. I had been an NHS nurse for 20 years caring for people with transplants.  Now I enjoy caring for plants and using my creative skills to help people transform their ideas into beautiful gardens.

My Nan was an avid gardener having learnt to grow vegetables during the war and I guess I picked up the gardening bug from her.

I am a strong believer in education and training so started my career change at night school studying for an RHS Level 2 certificate in Horticulture.

I went on to complete a one year apprenticeship through the WFGA (Women’s Farm & Garden Association) at the family gardens of Farley Estate , Berkshire.

Armed with secateurs I set up Florence Gardening in 2010 and quickly developed a thriving garden maintenance business.

I returned to college in 2012, one day a week, to study for my Diploma in Garden Design from Capel Manor Horticulture College in Regents Park, London.

Today, I could be out in any weather tending to gardens or standing at my drawing board surrounded by garden design books and magazines creating super gardens.

Florence Gardening Inspiration

Alison’s Nan
the real Florence