Volunteer to Become a Great Gardener

Consider volunteering at a great garden near you, there’s a wealth of knowledge at your disposal and for a few hours a week you can learn and grow, first hand.

Taking a stroll around your garden to appreciate the finer things in life may be a rare treat, what with kids birthday parties and family trips to organise there’s not often time to stop and reflect on life’s greatest pleasures.

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Volunteer opportunities exist in many large gardens. ukgardenphotos

But for those of us with a little extra time on our hands a love of gardening can turn into an all absorbing passion that grows with the seasons. Taking care of your own garden may have it’s limitations! Perhaps your garden space is limited or under control and you have a few extra hours a week to spend increasing your knowledge of gardening and specialist plant care?

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Imagine working in a garden like this! Photo ukgardenphoto on Flickr

Fortunately the United Kingdom’s desire to garden has allowed this green and pleasant land, to amass a collection of tended Gardens like no other. Alongside such tradition and historically valued gardens and estates are professional gardeners who enjoy nothing better than sharing their love of gardens with others.

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Beth Chatto really knows how to work a gravel garden. ukgardenphoto

Volunteering to work alongside qualified gardeners and professional horticulturalist has to be the best way to learn on the job! So to speak. Where else can you get this the of hands on, practical experience with support and encouragement while you work?

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Stunning photographs from ukgardenphoto on Flickr

Discover a whole host of volunteer gardening opportunities by either speaking directly to the gardens and estates that are local to you or contact a horticultural recruitment agency that would only be happy to take your details and help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

The following photographs taken by ukgardenphoto are a wonderful collection of top notch gardens that I have either worked at or visited and feel able to recommend.

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Volunteering can provide you with a insight into garden life by ukgardenphotos


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Great gardens need a great team of staff and volunteers. ukgardenphoto


Great gardens exist all over the UK, National Trust or English Heritage rely on volunteers to help the employed staff to keep the garden in to condition, not an easy task on a tight often restricted budget. Why not contact your favourite local garden or estate and see if you can lend a hand.

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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