From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Spain, United Kingdom

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    Travel dates

    01/03/2019 - 31/12/2020

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  • Description

    Hi, I am Iris; named after a flower and born with green fingers.
    I am a hardworking, experienced professional gardener and florist with bountiful energy, creativity and drive.
    I love nature and wildlife and I spend most of my time outdoors,
    be it at work on the historical gardens for which I have been responsible, or walking in the hills of my beloved Yorkshire Dales which have been my home for 14 years.
    I am curious and creative and I love all kinds of art.

  • Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project

  • What skills do you have?

    I have a backround in horticulture with a Dutch qualification and a life long experience in all aspects of the field including production and propagation.
    For several years I have been the Senior Gardener on a private estate in North Yorkshire were I was responsible for the seven acre historical gardens. These included orchards, flower meadows, a cottage garden, 130m long double borders as well as greenhouses, a herb border and an ornamental vegetable garden.
    During my Workaway experiences in Spain and Italy I have learned about permaculture and gardening in dry conditions.
    Art and floristry:
    I have also been the owner and proprietor of a flower shop, named Wild Things. I still like to keep my hand in by doing wedding flowers, especially using garden flowers. I love experimenting with nature art using all manner of natural material.
    For several years I have enjoyed being part of the Airbnb community renting out my home in Yorkshire and earning the status of Superhost. I have also worked at a castle in Wensleydale and I have worked for Yorkshire Cottages, the leading organisation in the region. (housekeeping and gardening)
    I have years of waitressing experience in various restaurants and gastro pubs. I worked in an award winning artisan bakery and delicatessen where I used to run the shop and help prepare food for the delicatessen counter.
    I have worked in kitchens and restaurants in The Netherlands, England and Italy.

    Education and green projects:
    I have created school gardens with primary school children, organised green school and community projects and taken part in botanic surveys. I am very interested in Forest School and enjoy doing outdoor activities and nature crafts with children.

    Workaway: From spring to winter I have travelled through the mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Trentino in Italy and Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada in Spain. I have worked on and created gardens at different altitudes, from the mild Mediterranean climate to the harsh alpine conditions. I have learned a lot about permaculture and gardening with limited water resources.

  • Languages spoken

    I am My native language is Dutch, but having lived in the UK for most of my adult life, I speak passable German and I have forgotten most of my school French.

  • Age


  • Nationality

    Dutch, living in the UK

  • What else ...

    I joined the Workaway community with the wish to learn new skills and to develop various arts and crafts.
    But more over I joined to make new friends, help people and make a worthwhile contribution to what is close to your heart.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements