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THE WALLED GARDENS AT HOUGHTON HALL Full-time Gardener An exciting opportunity has risen for an enthusiastic horticulturally trained gardener to work in Houghton Hall 5 acre award-winning walled garden. The applicant will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification at Level 2 (or above) and should have at least two years’ relevant work experience. Candidates must be confident in their use of garden machinery and with their plant knowledge, have an ability to work to a high standard at all times, and in working to established health and safety standards. Chemical spray certificates are desirable but not essential. Responsibilities of the successful applicant will include but are not limited to… Read more »
5th & 6th October, Cranborne, Dorset Cranborne Garden Centre and Walled Kitchen Gardens in North Dorset ‘Walled Gardens now used as Garden and Plant Centres’. The Cranborne Estate is on the southern edge of Cranborne Chase AONB and to the west of the New Forest. The whole area displays beautiful, unspoilt and historic landscapes and gardens Our venue is the long established Cranborne Garden Centre sited in the walled kitchen garden, part of the wonderful 17th century Cranborne Estate. Many walled kitchen gardens fell into sharp decline following both world wars, what is seldom noted is how many became wholesale or specialist plant nurseries, some of which evolved to become… Read more »
We’re off to Dorset for this years Forum! Our venue is the kitchen garden in the wonderful 17th century Cranborne Estate where we will explore the theme of “Walled Gardens used as Plant Centres” We will be visiting a number of beautiful kitchen gardens nearby as usual. More details will follow, please make a note of the date!
Recruiter Historic Royal Palaces Location London (Greater) Salary £27,000 Per Annum Posted 24 Jan 2019 Closes 24 Feb 2019 Contact Mr Ghraham Dillamore Sector Horticultural Specialist, Countryside, Parks & Open Space, Growing Function Grower Jobs, Technical Jobs Hours Full Time Contract Type Permanent https://www.horticulturejobs.co.uk/job/332249/kitchen-garden-keeper/?
Neil Porteous mentioned the word “dreach” to describe the gloomy rainy day that greeted us at the start of our Forum at Clandeboye this year. After a quick glance at uncle Google, I found another 50 words the Scots use to describe rain in Scotland so was relieved to see that in Ireland, The DailyEdge journalist Michael Freeman has offered a modest 11 stages of the wet stuff. We came across a couple of them during our Forum in October. Level 1: Grand soft day (thank God) How to spot: Grey out, just a thick mist, not too cold, might rain later. In other words, conditions are normal. Level… Read more »
Mount Stewart and Clandeboye, Gardens of the Ard Peninsula, Northern Ireland A Northern Ireland Forum Visiting Ireland for the first time with the WKGN, our Forum will be held this year on the 13th and 14th October at the Clandeboye Estate and Mount Stewart, with visits to other nearby walled gardens Our speakers are among the leading authorities on Irish Gardens, their history and restoration. We have the opportunity to hear from: Neil Porteous Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, Regional Head of National Trust Gardens in Northern Ireland and plantsman: ‘WALLED GARDEN AT MOUNT STEWART – the next chapter’ Finola Reid Garden historian and acknowledged expert… Read more »
Can you help us restore this lovely Regency Walled Kitchen Garden in Mid Devon? We are looking for two people (might possibly suit friends or a couple, retired or on a sabbatical) to help out with our project to restore the garden at Ashley Court near Tiverton in Devon. The main house dates from 1805 but the garden is quite probably a lot older, maybe 1650’s. It is currently being surveyed by the Devon Gardens Trust to assess its historic significance. It is ¾ of an acre and is remarkably un-changed over the last 150 years or so with some mysterious fixtures and… Read more »