Case Studies

The HBGTP scheme gives trainees the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress their careers. Like Karen, who scooped a job at the illustrious Hurlingham club; Eve, who went on to run a tree nursery in Zambia; and James, who made the finals of Young Horticulturist of the Year.

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Helena Dove appointed as Senior Gardener at Myddelton House Gardens

Graduating HBGTP trainee Helena Dove has now started work as Senior Gardener in her host garden, Myddelton House. She outlines her plans for the garden in this article in Hort Week.

Dene Wood becomes Head Gardener at Holkham Hall

Dene completed his one year placement at Chatsworth House (2011-12) and went onto take up a full time post in Chatsworth gardens team. He then joined the 12 strong garden team at Holkham Hall in…

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Lawrence Wright wins Young Horticulturist of the Year

Ex-HBGBee Lawrence Wright wins Young Horticulturist of the Year. Lawrence completed his one year HBGBS placement at Chatsworth House (2013-14) and went on to undertake the Wisley Diploma. This is the third time Lawrence has…

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Helen Silver - HBGBS trainee

Helen Silver: Knows Her Onions

It’s a while since Helen completed her 6 month placement at The World Garden Lullingstone Castle. Now her training and patience has paid off  – she’s found the perfect role! “When I completed my placement…

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Jonny Bruce’s International Adventures

Jonny is our HBGTP trainee at Great Dixter (2014-16). He has certainly made the most of his time there! “The HBGTP has given me the opportunity to spend two years working in one of the…

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Jenny Raffety – Smelling of Violets!

Jenny was our HBGBS trainee at Cambo in Scotland (2013-14). Jenny’s interest in alpines helped her to win the Alpine Specialist, a 1 year position at RHS Wisley. Jenny has now bagged a prize job…

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Tamara Bridge wins RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Tamara, who won the award for her iconic English garden design at Tatton Park Flower Show. Tamara credits the HBGBS with kickstarting her career in horticulture. She discusses her route from her placement…

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HBGBS trainee James English

James English – Success in Young Horticulturist of the Year

Congratulations to James on becoming the Eastern region’s Young Horticulturist of the Year!

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Trainee Karen scoops job at the Hurlingham Club

HBGBS Trainee Karen has landed a job at the internationally renowned Hurlingham Club, “one of Britain’s greatest private member clubs”.

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HBGBS trainee Frances

Frances moves onto Brodie Castle

After a hugely successful year at Threave, HBGBS Trainee Frances looks forward to her new job at Brodie Castle in Moray.

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HBGBS trainee Rosie

Trainee Rosie at Ness Botanic Gardens

Rosie was a contestant for Young Horticulturist of the Year, and wants to stay at Ness Botanic Gardens for as long as she can.

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HBGBS trainee Nicola Starkey

Nicola Starkey’s Himalayan adventure

Nicola Starkey didn’t exactly know where her HBGBS training would take her, but never imagined it would be to The Himalayas with a group of super-fit pensioners.

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Nereida moves onto Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Nereida moves onto Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

On completion of her placement at Myddleton House, Nereida accepted a gardening post at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. She started work the very next week.

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Eve Worrall’s travel adventures after placement

Following her placement, HBGBS Trainee Eve Worrall has travelled the world around the world, putting her training to good use.

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HBGBS trainee Craig Finlay

Craig Finlay’s award-winning work

Following a successful year at Branklyn Gardens, the work that HBGBS trainee Craig Finlay carried out led to a Pitlochry in Bloom Award. Here he talks about overhauling a care home garden. “After completing my…

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Tom Upton says that the HBGBS opens doors

Tom Upton says that the HBGBS opens doors

According to Myddleton House trainee Tom Upton, taking part in the HBGBS can open doors for budding horticulturalists.

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Ferns and Streptocarpus in the greenhouse

Naomi Watt – from New Zealand to Buckinghamshire

After her HBGBS placement, Naomi gained an RHS Bursary to study in New Zealand. Now she’s back in Buckinghamshire.

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Corin Golding HBGBS trainee

Corin Golding placed at Eden Project

HBGBS Trainee Corin Golding has been placed at one of the World’s most remarkable gardening attractions, the Eden Project.

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HBGBS trainee Joanne Parker

Joanne Parker Escapes the Dispensary

Following nearly 10 years as a pharmacist, HBGBS trainee Joanne decided to break out of the dispensary and work among beautiful landscapes.

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HBGBS trainee Kate Evans

Kate Evans – from allotment to Chatsworth House

HBGBS Trainee Kate Evans became interested in horticulture as a career from working on her allotment. Through the HBGBS, she gained a placement at Chatsworth House.

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HBGBS trainee Daniel Pretlove

Daniel Pretlove working at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Two years after HBGBS Trainee Daniel Pretlove was picking up rubbish in Kensington, he’s in charge of 10 glasshouses and over 5000 species of plants.

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HBGBS trainee Eve Worrall

Eve Worrall day-dreamed of a job growing plants

“I was working in an office and spent my time staring out the window watching an old man potter around his immaculate allotment…how great it would be if I could get paid to work outside and grow stuff!”

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angela simpson HBGBS trainee

Angela Simpson turned her passion into a profession

Hampton Court Trainee Angela Simpson’s eureka moment came when she realised she could turn her passion for gardening into her profession.

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