Sole / Head Gardener

Private - Employer
Close to Sissinghurst in Kent.
Salary reflects the upper end of PGG salary guidelines. Accommodation may be available.
Closing date
9 Dec 2021

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Full Time
Gardening Jobs
Horticultural Specialist
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Sole / Head Gardener required for recently renovated Tudor house, close to Sissinghurst in Kent.

A medium sized country estate with existing parkland features, lake, and a new garden, is currently being created for the private owners by Tom Stuart-Smith.

The garden will include a wide range of horticultural elements to be presented to a very high standard.  The garden will include formal lawns, significant herbaceous borders, a cuttings and productive area with glass. An existing woodland dell, parkland, and meadow provide a wider setting within the wider estate.

The new garden has been designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and will provide a beautiful contemporary setting which supports and respects the historic character of the recently renovated tudor house and outbuildings. The garden and new tree planting introduces a stronger garden framework than that which existed before, and one that echoes the late arts and crafts tradition.

The framework of enclosed spaces, topiary and yew hedges is strongly redolent of Sissinghurst, Long Barn and Great Dixter in that it creates a more formal enclosed territory immediately adjacent to part of the house which contrasts with other parts of the garden that have a much more direct relationship with the landscape. This in all probability reflects the kind of spatial relationship between farm and landscape that would have existed when this was a working farm.

As part of the improvements to the landscape the owner has already carried out extensive repairs to the lake and is embarking on a programme of improvements to the ecology of the surrounding meadows.

The design and extensive planting will require an exceptional standard of garden maintenance and presentation.   

This is a hands on, sole gardener position, however some additional support could be provided if this proves necessary.

Candidates should be experienced, ideally qualified to RHS level 3, or similar.

The salary reflects the upper end of the PGG salary guidelines 2021

Accommodation may be available by negotiation.

Please apply with a copy of your CV and a short covering letter.

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