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Meet Keith Gittens

Managing product development, range management and product advice, meet Earley’s Product Manager Keith Gittens – also the author of our  GROW Update.

How did you get started in the industry?

I grew up as part of a family-owned horticultural business that cultivated a wide variety of glasshouse crops and watched the business develop in to a well-known retail garden centre over time. Since then, I’ve always had a passion for horticulture. I gained my professional qualifications, having attended both the Welsh College of Horticulture and Oaklands College in St. Albans.

How long have you been at Earley Ornamentals?

I joined Earley in August 2003.

Where did you work and what did you do before joining Earley Ornamentals?

I moved in to commercial seed sales to growers of flowers and veg in 1986, and in to the ornamentals sector in 1988, selling seed and young plants for a new company connected to the UK breeder Floranova and Four Oaks Nurseries.

 What does your typical day involve?

As Earley’s product manager, I head-up product development and oversee the range management and communication of Earley’s product portfolio. My role is also an advisory one – I provide our customers with assistance, offering cultural advice, range planning, production information and much more.

What is the best aspect of your job?

Horticulture is in my blood. It’s as simple as that. I enjoy being around living, growing things and my role at Earley means I get to do what I love every day.

What has been your biggest achievement at work?

For me the high point has been introducing and developing successful new products like the recently launched Viola Vibrante F1, it’s so rewarding when you’re happy with the product, and the customers like it too.

What is the best thing about working at Earley?

It’s most definitely the variety of the day-to-day.

How do you unwind after a hard day at work?

I am very involved in nature and environmental conservation.
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