Carl’s horticulture experience covers many diverse areas. He trained as an external student in the National Botanic Gardens and D.T. Poulsen’s rose nursery in Denmark.
Before co-founding the Dublin School of Horticulture with his friend and fellow horticulturist Ciaran Burke (now of The Garden School, Co. Mayo), Carl ran a nursery specialising in pot plants for the home and export markets. In the past Carl has also managed a hardy nursery production unit in the UK and worked in the second largest garden centre in England. In the 1980s he worked in Malahide Nurseries propagating hardy nursery stock and aquatics. Carl’s passion for plants has taken him to the South of Spain where he worked with ornamental trees, shrubs, climbers and citrus. In later years he has run his own nursery producing alpines, herbaceous, shrubs and roses. Many of the plants that he grew were new introductions to cultivation.
Carl is well known through his involvement with various plant and garden societies, such as the Alpine Garden Society (Dublin Group) of which he was the founding chairman and long standing committee member. He has been the Irish representative of the AGS at Vincent Square, London. He gives lectures to many societies on propagation and many aspects of gardening. His garden, which hosts a comprehensive collection of exotic plants from around the world, has featured on RTE’s Garden Heaven and in gardening columns in the Sunday Times and the Irish Garden Magazine.
Carl is presently on the executive committee of the International Plant Propagators Society in the UK. Carl also taught Floriculture and Plant Care (Level 5 Floricultural 5N1841) at the Senior College of Further Education, Sallynoggin, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin from 2001 to 2012.
In 2006 Carl became involved in a consultancy role in the redevelopment of the famous 1.6 acre walled garden at Lissadell in Co. Sligo. The gardener in charge of the alpine garden, Rachel O’Sullivan was a former student of the Dublin School of Horticulture.