The Chanticleer USA Christopher Lloyd Scholarship was conceived in order to provide a gardener from the United States with a year-long, practical education in the traditional style of ornamental gardening as practised at two of the world’s most respected gardens, Great Dixter in East Sussex, England, and Chanticleer near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

The scholarship offers an American gardener a chance to develop deep practical skills and an understanding of the ‘sense of place’ needed to manage complex, innovative flower gardens such as those at Great Dixter and Chanticleer. It is hoped that the scholar, in turn, will inspire a future generation of North American gardeners, passing on knowledge and skills.

The scholar spends 11 months, from September to July, living and working at Great Dixter, immersed in all aspects of the garden’s operations. The individual will also attend symposiums and visit gardens, plant trials and garden shows. The final month of the scholarship is spent working at Chanticleer. The scholar may also wish to complete an internship at Chanticleer prior to beginning at Great Dixter. They will receive a bursary from Chanticleer to cover their living costs while in the UK. Accommodation is provided at both gardens for the duration of the scholarship.

The scholarship, named in honour of Christopher Lloyd who lived and gardened at Great Dixter and established close ties with Chanticleer, is open to trainee gardeners who are U.S. citizens. The Scholarship is generously funded by Chanticleer.

Applications will be accepted through November 30th, 2021. The selection committee will consider all applications equally. Interviews will be held via Skype in December 2021.

Please complete the following application form and submit a cover letter and resume. Submit application materials to Jane Wigan at [email protected] or by mail using the address: Jane Wigan, Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, UK, TN31 6PHS. /

2020-21 USA Chanticleer Christopher Lloyd Scholar Peter Slothower on the Long Border at Great Dixter

2020-21 scholar Peter Slothower (shown left) studied Architectural Studies and Environmental Studies at Ithaca College, in upstate New York, USA. His fascination with the interplay of humans and nature has led him through work in ecological restoration, landscaping, as a naturalist and planner in city parks, and into public-facing horticulture at Lurie Garden in Chicago and Chanticleer Garden near Philadelphia. With his interest in living systems and his love of getting his hands (and face, and legs, and arms…) dirty, he is excited to learn some of the Dixter magic of how to garden in this high intensity, layered and integrated way, bringing beauty and life into borders and to all our visitors – human and otherwise.

Previous Scholars:

Margaret Easter

Jack McCoy

Matt Burgesser

Ben Pick