We all know garden maintenance can just comprise some uninformed bloke/woman strimming the living daylights out of a garden, without any real knowledge of the profession So I was just wondering what you all felt about this tricky mix and match exercise of finding a gardener to a client?
Fair enough if the client has an existing resident gardener/ gardeners to look after a newly created garden, but what if you create a large garden from scratch and the clients are clueless about gardening? Many of my clients can be a bit eccentric, or fairly well known and it is essential to find a knowledgeable, discreet gardener for particular clients. When you work for a well-know person, in a domstic garden, they NEED to know they can rely on their gardeners not to spill the beans if they wish to walk naked in their gardens at night etc. So a gardener often is privy to many occurrences far beyond the shrubbery.
Normally I go on gut instinct as much as experience or qualification of the gardener and knowing the personalities will get along along with the client is paramount. Clients will often ask for an indication of pay rates. I always advise clients to pay a healthy salary as there is no substitute for an experienced, knowledgeable gardener. The right person will also offer discretion and security to the clients, so thats a free bonus - no media leaks. Surely that's worth paying for? Let me know what your experiences are?
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