The future for professional gardening to be examined at National Trust for Scotland talk

Prospects for the next generation of professional gardeners will be discussed at a National Trust for Scotland talk at Crathes Castle near Banchory next week.

Crathes’ former head gardener Chris Wardle, now the trust’s gardens advisor for the North East and School of Heritage gardening coordinator, will ask if there are enough new professional gardeners and how well they are being educated.

In his talk he will illustrate how the lives of gardeners have developed over recent history and how changing times have brought about changing attitudes to the profession and he will examine current training regimes.

The National Trust for Scotland runs the School of Heritage Gardening which sees students working across the country learning the skills that lie behind many of the estates in its care.

This is part of a series of talks called The Crathes Conversations with authors, experts and advisors and will be held in the Courtyard Conference Suite on 29 October. 

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