James Priest, head gardener, Giverny

James Priest is to become head gardener at Giverny in Normandy, the former home of artist Claude Monet.

Priest trained at Kew and has worked in France for 26 years, including 17 years for Baron de Rothschild at Royaumont near Chantilly. At Giverny, where he succeeds Gilbert Vahe, Priest will head a team of eight gardeners.

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