Skilled Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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Skilled Gardener required

A rare opportunity has arisen for a talented horticulturalist to join a stunning private garden based in Dorset on a full-time permanent basis, as the existing Head Gardener is now retiring after a wonderful 37-years within the estate. The position will suit an experienced Gardener looking to take the next step in their career with a desire to work within a large and diverse garden in order to further their horticultural skill set.

The wider estate consists of let farmland, a large in-hand farming operation, woodland, conservation projects and scheduled parks, plus the formal gardens; it is also home to a Grade I listed property with a rich history and has been home to the family for over 400 years. The gardens are very much a family curated open space that have been slowly adapted over the years by each principal to their own style, preferences, and personal tastes.

Surrounding the property are 20-acres of formal and informal gardens, consisting of expansive lawns, traditional mound garden providing natural viewing platforms, large herbaceous borders, as well as a grass tennis court. Also within the grounds is a chalk stream garden, a walnut and apple orchard, and a wonderful kitchen garden that grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables for the main house as well as local charities. The owners are strong advocates for promoting wildlife and biodiversity and in the last 3-years, areas of wildflower meadows have continued to increase.

The garden is open to the public one day a week throughout the spring and summer months; therefore, candidates must be happy to act as an ambassador for the garden and answer any horticultural related questions or queries that visitors may have. There are other charitable openings.

The Skilled Gardener will be involved in all finer horticultural aspects of the garden and will be part of a small team, reporting to the Head Gardener whom the client is also recruiting for. Suitable applicants will ideally possess a recognised horticultural qualification and experience working in a similar environment, good physical fitness, strong plant identification skills, with practical experience with the use of a full range of garden machinery – much of which is now electric. Applicants should be equally passionate, energetic, and experienced hands-on professionals with an ability to work well within a team. This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate and Skilled Gardener. Normal working hours apply however flexibility is required depending on the needs of the principles and the season.

SALARY:        Up to £27,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Near Wimborne, Dorset
JOB No:          EC57062

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or

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