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We welcome Head Gardener Claire Abery

Starting early January, Claire Abery has agreed to head our exciting venture!

What does one look for in a gardening retreat?

Who are the heroes in the gardening world and why do we want to hear what they have to say?

Read a little more below about Claire's background and experience to understand why she is such a valuable resource to us and potential students.

From Oct 2016 - November 2018

Head Gardener - private garden designed by Arne Maynard

• Sole gardener responsible for maintenance schedule of 7.8 acres • Performing all horticultural tasks in the garden to a very high standard

• Liaising with Arne Maynard Design for improvements and additions • Managing contractors for lawns maintenance and arboricultural work

• Glasshouse, propagation, cut flowers and garden pots and planters • Management of vegetable garden and soft fruit

From Aug 1997 - Sept 2016

Senior Gardener - Sissinghurst Castle Garden - National Trust

  • Performing all horticultural tasks in the garden to a very high standard

  • Responsible for all pots and troughs throughout the garden

  • Supervision of trainee gardeners and volunteers

  • Mentor for the HBGTP student

  • Lead on developing schools work experience programme

  • Involved with the NT Plant Database, recording all plant acquisitions and movement at Sissinghurst

  • Involved with all visitor engagement activities - planning and delivery of talks, demonstrations and events

  • Work experience in other gardens - Trengwainton, Coleton Fishacre, The British Embassy in Paris, Chanticleer in America, Levens Hall, University of Reading Botanic Garden, Grasshoppers, Homebase Reading​​