The Head Gardener


The Head Gardener is responsible for the full operational management of the team across the estate garden and as such will need to have extensive experience in working on estates previously as either Head Gardener or a senior member of the garden team.

The right candidate is expected to have excellent knowledge of maintaining plant, bed and water features in order that they look their best and flourish well, including the greenhouse variety. It is crucial to have a good understanding of the seasonal and horticultural calendar in terms of proposed planting and beds. 

Planning and conservation of areas such as forestry and trees. Ensure all lawns and formal garden design are maintained and developed to the highest standards and accuracy in keeping with the ‘spirit of place’.  Knowledge and interest in history of estate gardens is essential. Advise and inform estate team on how to demonstrate innovative ideas while remaining true to the estate’s original identity. 

A Head Gardener may need to do some estate management so must have experience with budget control and stock management, be computer literate and have superb attention to detail.

Flexibility and discretion and good staff management are qualities every house looks for in a Head Gardener. 


RHS / NVQ / SVQ / BTEC in Horticulture, Forestry, Floristry and Conservation qualifications are preferred, but proven and relevant experience and longevity in roles will be considered equally as important.

Salary is reflective of experience but the role of Head Gardener can start at around £28,000. Please see our feature article on Head Gardener at Blickling Hall here.

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