Head Gardener for South Dublin
The estate, at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains is one of the finest private gardens in Ireland, with many interesting features and a unique microclimate. The 18-acre property contains historic elements, naturalistic and formal planting and includes meadow, woodland, river garden, extensive herbaceous areas, formal hedging and lawns, a walled garden with fruit, hot and cool gardens, a rose garden and other areas. It is gardened to a very high standard with attention to fine detail.
The ideal candidate will be creative and innovative and have a sense of excitement for ongoing and future projects. They will have a broad knowledge and passion for plants, with an understanding of current ideas in planting design. They will be self-motivated, physically fit and able to work efficiently while observing the finer details. They will be sensitive towards the historic and biodiverse elements of the garden and landscape. They will have good team skills.
Responsibilities will include
Managing and motivating the team of 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff.
Managing the day-to-day, year-round maintenance of the garden, including planting and maintaining large herbaceous areas with artistry and flair.
Managing the continuing development of the garden, while working closely with the owners and the garden consultant.
Maintaining records for the garden, machinery, and health and safety.
Managing the garden budget and ordering plant material and other sundries when necessary.
Liaising regularly with the estate manager.
Planting containers for seasonal interest.
Providing flowers for house.
A recognised qualification in horticulture and relevant experience of at least 5 years.
A significant ability managing and fine-tuning perennial and other planting schemes.
Turf maintenance skills.
Familiarity with glasshouse and polytunnel culture.
Familiarity with organic principles and sustainable practice.
Knowledge of Latin plant names.
There is a two bedroom mews available with this position
Some general caretaker work will be part of the job
Excellent salary for the right candidate