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 for 2022 are now closed. The next application period will begin in August 2022.

For further information please email: [email protected]

Our 2021-2022 scholar is Eloise Gayer, once a Literature and Cognitive Science student who discovered horticulture just before graduating from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She went on to intern at Rutgers Gardens, the Rose Garden at the Morris Arboretum, and Chanticleer Garden. In college she aspired to be a teacher and loves public gardens because of their educational missions and the way they make plant knowledge accessible to all visitors. She is particularly excited to learn about propagation and garden design at Great Dixter and take these skills back to the US public garden scene. In her spare time - what little she has - she enjoys reading science fiction, making flower arrangements and looking for interesting rocks on the beach. 

Previous Scholars:

Peter Slothower

Margaret Easter

Jack McCoy

Matt Burgesser

Ben Pick