The Garden Museum: Horticultural Trainee

Designed to give a gardener the opportunity to explore diverse possibilities for their professional future, the Garden Museum is recruiting for their annual Horticultural Trainee.

Garden Museum courtyard garden

Now in it’s 11th year, the annual Garden Museum Horticultural Traineeship has seen previous trainees become independent garden professionals, in media, parks management and tree surgery – including Matt Collins, the Garden Museum’s own Head Gardener.

The appeal of this programme lies in its diversity of experiences, in facilitating introductions to the stars of the gardening world, and involvement in the museum’s public programme.

The scheme also offers placements in contemporary designed gardens, which in past years have included Lowther Castle, Great Dixter, Iford Manor, Aberglasney Gardens, Beth Chatto Gardens and Gravetye Manor, and award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘show garden’ builds.

The unique Garden Museum, is the world’s first museum dedicated to the art, design and history of gardens was re- opened in 2017 after an £8 million restoration, refurbishment and extension. Housed in an ancient church beside the River Thames, next door to Lambeth Palace, the museum boasts a new garden by Dan Pearson, with as its centrepiece the famous tomb of John Tradescant, gardener to King Charles I, and Britain’s first celebrated horticultural hero.

Applicants are expected to hold an RHS Level 2 or equivalent horticultural qualification. The traineeship will run from July 2024 — July 2025.

Job details

  • Fixed-Term
  • 1 Year
  • £20,825 pro rata (£16,660 for 4 days per week)
  • Application deadline 28th of May, 2024

For further information about the role and application details we refer you the Garden Museum website.