About the Programme

About the programme

The HBGTP programme represents a truly exceptional opportunity for committed and enthusiastic horticulturists to progress their careers. By working alongside the professional teams within exceptional British gardens, trainees build a solid technical knowledge and acquire high-level practical skills.

What we do

We offer salaried and fully-funded placements for trainees. Placements last for one year and include both hands-on experience and regular testing of knowledge. We have previously also offered partial sponsorship for a two-year course, run in association with Capel Manor College, and leading to the Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture. However, we are not currently running this 2 year course.

A history of success, securing the future

Since the HBGBS (the precursor of the HBGTP) was founded in 2006, the programme has provided garden placements for over 270 trainees. We’re proud to have opened doors for so many passionate and talented horticulturists. Through sharing professional skills and strengthening gardens teams, the HBGTP has made a significant contribution towards securing the future of our historic gardens.

The finest gardens

Trainees are placed in some of Britain’s most beautiful and elegant gardens. Recent placements have included Cliveden, with its history of intrigue and scandal, the magnificent gardens of Chatsworth House, and the world-renowned Oxford Botanic Gardens.

World class supporters and partners

The HBGTP programme owes its success to the ongoing support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (now the National Lottery Heritage Fund) and partners from world-class organisations, including:

  • English Heritage
  • Capel Manor College
  • The Royal Horticultural Society
  • The National Trust

We’re also grateful for the invaluable assistance received from:

  • The Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust
  • The Barbara and Phillip Denny Trust
  • The Sackler Trust
  • The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust

We thank all of our partners for their generous support.



My Thoughts...

I had the opportunity at my placement in Cambo Gardens to gain really invaluable experience working with large herbaceous plantings. It gave me the confidence that I needed to apply for my new job - I started a new Head Gardenership on the 1st Feb.