Taking a trip down memory lane and re-visiting the past may not be something many of us have time to do! Instead looking to the future the changing of the seasons and our future plans.
I wanted to take this opportunity to re-visit and share with you my memories of working, training and learning at one of the most idyllic and prestigious Italian influenced terraced gardens in the World.
The Baroque style gardens have remained largely untouched since the 1680’s, although the grand lawn with dramatic water features were dismantled in the 1800’s the statue of Fame re-claimed from these changes now has pride of place in the Red castle’s courtyard.
My article that best describes my time spent at these stunning, historical Gardens and Estate is entitled “The Making of a Head Gardener” and has some suggestions on how to gain the necessary experience to manage a Garden and Estate for yourself.
I have very fond memories of my time spent training in the grounds and gardens of Powis castle. I recall being keen to work on the terraced borders and glasshouses in favour of lawn care and grass cutting much to the annoyance of the then Head Gardener and my mentor “Jimmy Hancock”. A truly magnificent gardener who I had the pleasure to install in me some great gardening principles and disciplines that remain with me to this day.
Having a world famous Garden at my feet at just 16 years old and straight from school, I was thrilled to have found a subject, that soon was to become a life long a valuable career in Horticulture.
Hand on heart, I can honestly say that it was the years of training and Head Gardener road trips to other National Trust properties throughout the UK that provided me the tools and enthusiasm required to pursue a rewarding career in Horticulture.
Almost 30 years later as Estate Manager and Head Gardener for the private sector, I still hold dearly my time spent as a National Trust apprentice and hope that my experience shared, is in some small way my re-payment for the kindest, support and mentorship that was offered me, all those years ago.
Interested in finding out more about my journey? Then you may enjoy my article that best describes my time spent at these stunning, historical Gardens and Estate is entitled “The Making of a Head Gardener”
Photos by: Steve Cotterll