26: The English Gardener in Norway

British expat Paule Miller talks about gardening culture in Norway and shares some tips for getting started year-round.

I live in an apartment so gardening hasn’t been on my radar since moving to Norway back in 2011. After my chat with Paule Miller, perhaps that could change!

Originally from Essex in England, Paule moved to Norway in 2004. Three years ago he set up a gardening business to further pursue his lifelong hobby, and it’s gone from strength to strength. We talk about gardening culture in Norway, what grows well here, and how people can get started even if they live in an apartment.

Gardening culture in Norway

Paule believes there is a culture of gardening here but it’s more with the older generation. “The younger generation seems to like to build the biggest possible house on the available land, which leaves very modest surroundings that don’t have the potential for a nice garden.”

“There are some very nice gardens here, and even local growers. It was a very big shock to me when I found out that someone locally had the knowledge and was breeding rhododendrons together.”

Building a business

Paule initially started the business as a way to bring in some extra income to pay for a good family holiday every year. A good start on social media attracted local media coverage, which has given Paule the belief that the business can grow into a full-time venture.

A big thank you to David Nikel for the interview, it was very thorough & great fun.

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