The Christopher Lloyd Scholar spends a year working in the garden at Great Dixter and learning from Fergus and the team. They are asked to complete a diary, horticultural projects and regular plant idents. They are paid minimum wage and are offered subsidised accommodation on site. As the programme is aimed at improving the skills within UK horticulture, the scholarship is open to EU applicants only.

Tulipa Perostroika in the High Garden at Great Dixter

The Scholarship is generously funded by Goldman Sachs Gives and the Fieldfenn Trust

Agnes Ladjevardi is our Christopher Lloyd Scholar 2020-21. 

Agnes Ladjevardi in the wall garden at Great DixterAgnes (pictured) previously worked as a landscape architect in design firms in Philadelphia, USA and Lyon, France. She worked on a range of projects, from large scale master plans to social housing estate repurposing to new public urban spaces. As part of this work, Agnes spent much time on construction sites both overseeing projects and discussing with landscape contractors the challenges of soil provision, plant maintenance and plant success and failures. These experiences led Agnes to desire a closer relationship to plants, as well as a deeper understanding of the systems that can support their health. She joins us as Christopher Lloyd Scholar for a year where she lives, works and learns from the gardeners. 

"I am curious to get to know plants more intimately-- not just at their peak but in their full cycle, from new buds to decay. I am also excited to work through planting design differently: not from a top-down, scaled plan view, but from the ground plane at 1:1."

Previous scholars were Jamie Todd, Ben Jones, Henry Witheridge, Jonny Bruce, Edward Alderman, James Horner, Rachael Dodd, Maggie Tran, Jonny Bruce and Sara Jackson.

For more information on the Ruth Borun Scholarship please contact Catherine Haydock [email protected] or phone 01797 254048