Sissinghurst Scholarship Programme

The tower at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Our new Scholarship Programme offers a unique and exciting opportunity for experienced gardeners to cultivate their craft at one of the most widely respected gardens in the country.

The successful candidate will receive tuition from our Head Gardener, Troy Scott Smith, whilst benefiting from a competitive salary and subsidised shared accommodation.

We are looking for outstanding individuals with RHS level 2 who have a strong drive to further their career in horticulture and a desire to develop their skills and experience. The foundation will have an emphasis on practical skills with scholars developing and learning throughout the seasons.


Sissinghurst Scholarship Programme

Click play to watch our video and find out more about the Sissinghurst Scholarship Programme, with interviews from Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith and more.

Speaking more on what the Scholarship can offer, Troy Scott Smith has this to say: “Sissinghurst Castle Garden has been a foundation of horticultural learning for decades. In fact, in 1997, Nigel Nicolson, son of Vita and Harold, wrote that ‘Sissinghurst is a nursery not only for plants, but for head-gardeners'. 

“Now, as a leading international garden, we want to embed this legacy as a core principle, creating an informal but world-class training environment to keep the tradition of learning at Sissinghurst alive for decades to come.”

Key dates and how to apply 

The opening date for applications is Monday 13th June.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd July.

Applications are open to both UK and International students.

For all the relevant information on applicant requirements and how to apply, please see our candidate pack or visit

For further details on the role, please contact Troy Scott Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst, at