Christopher Lloyd established the garden at Great Dixter as a place where young and old gardeners would meet and share their excitement for plants. His writing in both books and the press stimulated gardeners all around the world.
Students come to Dixter to learn practical skills and develop a deeper understanding of the craft of traditional flower gardening. Fergus Garrett, Christopher’s friend and head gardener, continues his legacy, both in the borders at Great Dixter and through his work with students.
We offer informal placements, which are usually short term (from a month to a few months in length) which students carry out on a voluntary basis (although we provide living expenses and accommodation), as well as formal traineeships and scholarships. These are detailed below.
We also offer a bursary for UK based young and trainee gardeners for travel and training.