The Garden Museum’s annual horticultural traineeship has been designed to give a gardener of particular talent and ambition the opportunity to explore possibilities for their professional future by placing them at the centre of a busy gardening hub. Previous trainees have gone on to roles as independent garden professionals, in media, parks management and tree surgery, and include Matt Collins, our Head Gardener.
Working alongside Matt in the museum gardens, the appeal of this programme is in its diversity of experiences, in facilitating introductions to the stars of the gardening world, and involvement in the Museum’s public programme. It also offers placements in contemporary designed gardens, which in past years have included Lowther Castle, Great Dixter, Iford Manor, Aberglasney Gardens and Gravetye Manor, and award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘show garden’ builds.
This is a part time, four days a week role generously funded by the National Gardens Scheme and the Museum’s Friends group in Leicestershire and Rutland. The bursary for the scheme is £18,600 pro rata (£14,880 for 4 days per week) per annum. Applicants are expected to hold an RHS Level 2 or equivalent horticultural qualification. The traineeship currently runs from April — April.