Blog: Gallia, Horticulture - Landscaping (SCQF Level 6) Student

Fresh from the Scottish regional final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, we had a chat with Gallia about her experience studying Horticulture.

Hi Gallia, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm Gallia and I study Horticulture (Landscaping) SCQF Level 6 at the Biblical Gardens, Moray College UHI.

Why was the SCQF Level 6 course the right one for you?

I wanted a direct path into working with plants as a career. I was interested in working at a botanic garden but I wasn’t aware of how many career paths were available to horticulturists. 

The course itself allows you to work in multiple gardens throughout the year which equip you with essential knowledge in plant care and maintenance. It is very hands-on and anything you learn in a class is done in practice to really cement the knowledge.

Have you undertaken a placement or any work experience whilst studying?

Yes, I started working at Inverness Botanic Gardens on a volunteer placement and at Logie Steading Walled Garden as part of the work experience element of the course.

Do you have any future plans once you finish your course?

I will be attending the HNC Horticulture course and I plan on gaining my HND and BSc through online learning. I would like to complete teacher training and get a teaching position in horticulture. 

Do you have any advice for those considering studying at Moray College UHI?

Go for it! I am so glad I took the leap and applied to study here. The campus is beautiful with excellent facilities, and the lecturers have been so supportive. The gardens are really tailored for an educational environment; you’ll learn everything you’ll need and more.

Lastly, what have been the highlights of studying at Moray College UHI? 

Being a regional finalist at the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition. 

Our Horticulture courses have a practical focus, with most work taking place at the Biblical Garden beside the iconic Elgin Cathedral.