Horticulture training at Bodnant Garden

A student gardener operating a ride-on lawn-mower

Calling all budding gardeners: We offer work and training opportunities at Bodnant Garden, where you can learn among the cream of the crop.

Students come from across the UK and abroad to train with the team at Bodnant Garden, gaining academic qualifications and hands-on skills. 

The garden welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds, who help with every aspect of daily work and give enthusiasm and commitment in spades. Over the years the garden has cast its spell on many of them who have returned later as qualified gardeners – including our former head gardener Troy Smith.           

We recruit a student annually in partnership with the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme (HBGTP). Under the scheme, managed by English Heritage and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, students can earn a salary while developing professional skills at a range of top British gardens.

Skilled team

Trainee gardeners learn the trade alongside our skilled team and many have gone on to permanent jobs here and at other gardens. One of our 2014 graduates, Richard Marriott, is now Head Gardener at the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall, Sudbury Hall and Norbury Manor.

Richard says: “I learnt so much at Bodnant. The scheme is a fantastic mixture of theory and countless opportunities for hands-on gardening. It’s an invaluable opportunity to gain real life horticultural skills in a world class garden. It is great for your CV and stands you in good stead for a life-long career in horticulture.”

We also welcome students seeking short term placements, and of course garden voluteering is another great way to join the team and get some experience. If you're interested in the training scheme for 2018 or want to find out more about gaining garden work experience call our property administrator Rose James at the garden office on 01492 650460.

Richard Marriot (left) and fellow student Keith Phellan with Bodnant Garden's student mentor Gemma Hayes.
Student gardeners at Bodnant Garden