Location: East Cowes, Isle of Wight
Website: Osborne House website
Few members of the royal family have been quite as enthusiastic about their garden as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. At Osborne they were able to indulge their wishes for their private garden, drawing inspiration from the gardens of Europe and the many new plant introductions. It was also a place where they could experience life away from public scrutiny, taking walks together, planting hundreds of trees and growing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.
The garden has been restored to its Victorian appearance and consists of formal Victorian terraces, extensive lawns, historic trees and shrubberies, woodland and a walled garden developed as a cut flower garden. A garden was also created for the royal children ¾ of a mile from the main house where they could learn the art of gardening and sell their flowers and vegetables to their parents.
As a trainee, you will work alongside our existing team of gardeners, our other HBGTP trainee and our team of volunteers. Osborne offers trainees a wide range of horticultural tasks, from formal bedding and lawn care to fruit training and glasshouse work, all set in a magnificent landscape overlooking the Solent. This is a busy garden that is arguably the Isle of Wight’s principal tourist attraction.
You can see news and updates from Osborne on its Facebook page here.
Toby Beasley, Head Gardener: “We have taken trainees at Osborne for more than 10 years. Following their time with us they have found employment in all areas of horticulture, from nursery work and landscaping to becoming head gardeners in this country and abroad. I’m sure our friendly and welcoming team helps trainees to get the most out of their time with us”.
Placement opportunity: 1 year & 2 year
Staff numbers: 9 full-time gardeners; 2 HBGTP trainees (as above); 45 volunteers
Ease of access: Osborne is 1 mile from East Cowes, where Red Funnel ferries from the mainland dock. The bus links on the island are excellent, and there is a train station at Ryde Esplanade, 7 miles away.
Accommodation: We can help you to find accommodation locally but none is offered on site.