Two budding horticulturalists have been given the opportunity to undertake training placements at Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens. Thanks to the support from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, Dr John and Mrs J Lancaster and the Miss Lancaster Trust, trainees John Green and Zoe Revill have joined the gardens team at Kelmarsh for five-week placements this summer.
Kelmarsh offers a unique place to train. The trainees will gain hands-on experience in the Grade II* listed gardens which are open to the public. The trainees will work alongside the gardens team to learn about of workings of an historic garden including how to balance a busy maintenance schedule to present the gardens to the highest standard, whilst adhering to the unique principles the Kelmarsh Trust has inherited to keep alive the garden as created by Nancy Lancaster. Head Gardener Josh Coyne, said “the trainees will leave Kelmarsh with a sound knowledge of working in a historic garden and working within budget constraints which mean you are more creative with propagating and producing your own plants.”
The gardens are a mixture of formal paths and topiary, with informal planting inspired by Nancy Lancaster and socialite garden designer Norah Lindsay. “The various areas of the gardens, such as the Fan Rose Garden and Walled Kitchen Garden, change so rapidly with the seasons, and with our renowned collection of dahlias interspersed with an abundance of annual and perennial planting, there are lots of tasks for the trainees to get involved with to enhance their studies and experience” said Josh Coyne.
Both trainees are currently studying horticulture. John Green is a student at Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University while Zoe Revill is a student at Brooksby Melton College. John and Zoe see horticulture and their placement at Kelmarsh as the key to bright futures either running their own horticultural businesses or working in historical gardens. Zoe commented that “this placement is the ideal opportunity to see how a garden such as Kelmarsh works and to gain experience to be able to apply for future roles.”
The gardens are open to the public on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays up to 29th September. The gardens will also play host to the annual Dahlia Festivals on Sunday 4th and Sunday 18th September. For more information about visiting Kelmarsh, please see the ‘Visit us’ pages on our website.