Head Gardener

Private Estate - Virginia Water
Virginia Water, Surrey
Competitive - DOE
Closing date
26 Apr 2021

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Head Gardener Wanted to for Wentwoth Eastate, Virginia Water, Surrey

Head Gardener /Sole Gardener wanted for lovely large private woodland garden in the Wentworth Estate, Virginia Water, Surrey to maintain and develop a newly planted garden around a prestigious new house.

This is an exciting opportunity for a knowledgeable and energetic gardener to work with the owner to bring on the newly planted garden to its full fruition.

The gardener’s role would be to work with landscape designers Mazzullo+Russell alongside the client to nurture the garden to its full potential. The gardener would have sole charge of the garden although the owner has an existing garden team who come in occasionally from a separate property to assist on major seasonal tasks.

The suitable candidate must be interested in plants and plantsmanship with a good experience of all forms of horticulture from maintaining borders to propagation, shrub pruning to turf maintenance. An interest in acid loving trees and shrubs would also be useful along with experience of woodland gardens. The gardener would be expected to help develop the garden in the future with additional planting, bulb layers and an interest in pots and creating seasonal pot displays would also be of interest.

The candidate would be expected to be very hands on physically but also capable of recruiting and running outside contractors as required and working occasionally with the owner’s additional gardeners elsewhere. The job also includes responsibility for a full range of mechanical equipment, irrigation and general garden cleanliness. The job entails everything from basic border mulching and digging to skilled pruning and is never dull. The job will also involve a certain amount of administration, including running a garden budget, sourcing plants and supplies plus helping advise the work of the additional garden team and outside contractors.

The garden is surrounds an elegant Adam Architecture Georgian style house on the estate and links directly to the Golf Course. The garden nestles within the surrounding woodland and is laid out around the house. The main garden consists of large herbaceous borders running along the house adjacent to a large lawn surrounded by woodland walks and woodland gardens. To the south lie a formal kitchen terrace with sun loving borders and a pool whilst to the east is a formal entrance court and entrance garden.

There is a comfortable gardener’s building, facilities and working areas but no kitchen garden or greenhouse facilities.

Salary will be attractive and is commensurate with experience as no accommodation is offered and it is hoped the gardener would live within a sensible travelling distance.

Please give details of all training and experience, including details of all proficiency certificates achieved. Horticultural qualifications and experience are essential and references will be required as well as a driving licence. It would also be helpful to know about your interests and hobbies and any images of you work are always helpful.

For further details and to apply please send you cv and details to Libby Russell, Mazzullo Russell Landscape Design at libby@mazzullorusselllandscapedesign.com.

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