Meet Quarry Bank's Head Gardener, Sarah

Head Gardener Sarah in the lower garden © Andrew Moores

Head Gardener Sarah in the lower garden

Sarah joined Quarry Bank in May 2013 as Head Gardener, coming from Dunham Massey, where she was Assistant Head Gardener for two years.

I was drawn to Quarry Bank as I enjoyed the style of the gardens, which were developed by the Greg family over the 19th century. Also, I found the project to restore the Upper garden incredibly exciting, as we plan to restore the curvilinear glasshouses to their former glory. I hope to use the glasshouses as display houses and I want to develop vineries including peaches and apricots, which will no doubt be used in our restaurant.

So far, my biggest challenge has been learning how to use a new fleet of machines and all their quirks. We use them on a daily basis to keep the gardens so beautifully maintained. One of the toughest parts of working in the gardens is their gradient, but that's also what makes them so special. From a certain point you can see an aerial carpet of flowers and, with a garden on different levels, you just have so many more interesting vistas to enjoy.

One of my main goals over the coming years will be to rescue the former wild area, known as Ferney Brow, from invasive plant species and replace them with attractive plants and shrubs. I'm looking forward to planting up the area with rhododendrons and magnolias. There’s certainly a lot to get stuck into and it's an exciting time to be involved with Quarry Bank.

My love of gardening started as a child when I was growing up in Northamptonshire and I used to help on my parents’ and grandparents’ allotments. However, I was guided towards a career in medicine and eventually became a junior doctor.

After deciding that being a GP wasn't for me, I went back to school to study horticulture and got my first job at Bodnant Garden before getting an assistant head gardener’s role at Dunham Massey. Now I'm hoping my love of gardening will breathe new life into the flowerbeds and borders at Quarry Bank.

I love that, with gardening, you are creating something that will change over the years but will also last. Gardens are never static, they are living art.

 

Visit Quarry Bank today and see the progress of the gardens.