New head gardener Ventnor Botanic Garden

The Isle of Wight’s botanic garden has appointed Wayne Williams as their new head gardener.

Wayne Williams HEad Gardener Ventnor Botanic Garden

Williams, has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and worked at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for 26 years, the last 5 of which he was head gardener. Williams trained at Longbridge College, Pershore College of Horticulture and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley. Having held a variety of roles at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, he has the required experience to manage the challenges of a botanic garden.

“I am so excited to be joining the team at Ventnor Botanic Garden (VBG) and to be the latest “overner” on the beautiful Isle of Wight!’ I know that this is a responsible, varied and challenging role where I expect to put my horticultural experience, deep plant knowledge and horticultural creativity to effective use”, said Williams.

VBG has a remarkable collection of subtropical plants, growing unprotected out of doors. The garden enjoys a unique microclimate, situated at the heart of the Isle of White Undercliff. Ideally suited for tropicals, the VBG enjoys warmth from its southerly aspect, is protected from cold northerly winds and frost is rarity – which if it does occur is usually of short duration and not great severity.

Chris Kidd, Curator added, “I am very much looking forward to Wayne’s arrival. A great addition to our team, Wayne brings with him real experience of botanical horticulture and in-depth plant knowledge. He will really help me extend the Living Collection”.

John Curtis, Director, commented “It is a great time for Wayne to be joining the team at Ventnor Botanic Garden as we refine the Ventnor MethodSM and develop and share new techniques for gardening in the face of climate change”.