Garden Museum seeks new Horticultural Intern

The Garden Museum in London has opened applications for its coveted 2010 Horticultural Internship.

The Garden Museum intern may learn about plants such as the Clematis 'Stillwaters'  - image: HW
The Garden Museum intern may learn about plants such as the Clematis 'Stillwaters' - image: HW

The internship, which is open to recent horticulture graduates, offers an opportunity to work with top garden designers, skilled plantsmen and work on projects such as the construction of a RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden.

Applicants must show a passion for horticultural heritage and an interest in contemporary gardening and the future of Britain’s gardens.

In return, the successful candidate will learn about the breadth and depth of the British gardening world and have the chance to make invaluable career contacts.

They will also receive an allowance towards living expenses and work a 20- hour week under the supervision of the Garden Museum’s head of horticulture as well as attending museum events including plant fairs, symposia, debates and lectures, throughout the year.

Director, Christopher Woodward said: "We meet a lot of talented horticulturalists finishing college or a training course with huge enthusiasm but uncertain about what to do next. We think that a year at the Museum will give someone a range of opportunities - and hands-on experience in an iconic garden. It will be exciting for us to engage with a new talent each year".

Inaugural intern Matthew Collins shadowed top garden designer Tom Stuart Smith and helped plant a major Chelsea Show garden with Landform Consultants. Collins also worked in the Museum’s gardens maintaining the historically authentic knot garden and helped create new planting schemes for The Good Life and Christopher Lloyd: A Life at Great Dixter exhibitions with Great Dixter Head Gardener Fergus Garrett.

Interested applicants can find a full job description on the Garden Museum’s website.
Applicants should send a C.V. and covering letter, explaining why they would be suitable for the role, to with the title "Horticultural Internship" in the subject box.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 August and interviews will be held in early September.


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