Christopher Lloyd Bursary

Fergus Garrett and Great Dixter Charitable Trust see The Christopher Lloyd Bursary as a way of giving something back to the horticultural world by creating an opportunity for trainee or young gardeners to travel and or learn in horticulturally interesting places, attend conferences, study plants in the wild, or to widen their experiences and gain inspiration from experts in the UK and abroad. Generous donations from the nurseries that attend the Great Dixter Plant Fairs support the fund.

Applications are invited for up to a maximum of £1,500. Preference will be given to applicants who might struggle to find funding from established organsations or institutes (Kew or Wisley applicants should first approach their own bursary providers). Applications with connections to the style of gardening and ethos of Great Dixter are preferred.

To apply please provide a CV and a description of your trip including planned expenditure. We would also like to know to where else you have applied and how much of the trip you plan to fund yourself.  Applications should be sent by email to:

Photo of a 2018 trip to Slovenia taken by Michael Wachter.

There are two deadlines for application during the year: 1st April and 1st October. Applications will only be considered at these times. Applicants will be informed of the decisions within two weeks of the deadlines.

Photo of a Slovenian meadow taken by Michael Wachter 2018

Successful applicants will be required report on their experience within a month of their return. This could be in the form of a written report, a blog, an Instagram feed or other means but ideally something that can be shared on Dixter’s social media or website! They may also be asked to come and give a short talk to Great Dixter staff and Friends.

Only applications from EU residents are accepted.




Photo by Rebecca Lane, taken on her trip to the Alhambra. 2017.






Christina Clowser and friend Anna on her trip to Italy 2017.

Previous awards

Michael Wachter, Slovenia, May 2018, £300

Lisa Rue, Slovenia, May 2018, £160.

Rosie Anderson, Slovenia May 2018, £300.

Jamie McCormick, Himalayas, August 2017, £600

Eve Halliday, USA, July 2017, £600

Josh Taylor, RHS level 2 course, June 2017, £600

David Bull, USA, May 2017, £400

Christina Clowser, Italy, April 2017, £400

Harry Baldwin, USA, April 2017, £200

Rebecca Lane, Alhambra and Sierra Nevada, April 2017, £600

Olivia Steed- Munden, USA, April 2017, £200

In autumn 2012 Sean Harkin who worked at RHS Wisley and is now Head Gardener at the Inner Temple gardens received a grant to visit the USA. His trip included a week working on the High Line, visits to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Botanic Garden, Wave Hill and community gardens around the New York area as well as Chanticleer Garden in Philadelphia.  Upon his return he gave a talk to students, staff and volunteers which was recorded by gardener Lewis Bosher and can be seen here.

You can also download his report here.


In October 2011 Hannah Wilson who works at the Himalayan Garden in North Yorkshire received £1500 to visit Vietnam on a plant hunting expedition with Alan Clarke. On her return she visited Great Dixter with her family to speak to the Friends about her trip.


2017 contributing nurseries:

Barnhaven Botanic Nurseries, Binny Plants, Chris Cooke Plants, Copton Ash, Cotswold Garden Flowers, Daisy Roots, Edulis, F comme Fleurs, John French, Hardy’s Cottage Garden, Invicta Herbs, Der Kleine Plantage, Laurels Nursery, Lime Cross Nursery, Low Wood Nursery, Monksilver Nursery, Old Court Nursery, Pelham Plants, Pheasant Acre, Plantbase, Polystichum Heritage Collection, Rapkyns Nursery