The Christopher Lloyd Scholar spends a year working in the garden at Great Dixter, learning from Fergus and the team. They are paid national living wage and are offered subsidised accommodation on site. 

The scholarship is aimed at improving the skills within UK horticulture and is open to UK citizens or anyone who is eligible to work in the UK.

Our next round of applications has now closed. The 2024 post will be advertised in March 2024. 

The Christopher Lloyd Scholarship has been generously supported by the Club 22 donors. 

It is very important to us that we preserve the international nature of our horticultural community here. If you live outside the UK, and would like to volunteer in the garden for between 1 and 3 months, please visit our placements page to find out about further opportunities.

Tulipa Perostroika in the High Garden at Great Dixter

Talitha Slabbert and Ernie Weller are our Christopher Lloyd Scholars 2023-2024 

Talitha- pictured left is originally from Cape Town, South Africa and came to the UK to complete a PHD in English at Oxford University. While at Oxford she discovered a love of plants and gardening and realised that this was where her true vocation lay. She has recently completed an RHS qualification and has been working as a gardener in Oxford since 2022.  

Talitha is completing a diary of her time at Dixter, which you can read below: 



Ernie (pictured right) has been part of the Dixter family since March 2022, as a volunteer in the garden, and more recently as a seasonal worker in the Nursery. He has also previously worked as a gardener at Fairlight Hall, and a local nursery called Athelas Plants while studying for his RHS qualifications. He is originally from Catsfield in East Sussex. Ernie is completing a monthly diary while he is with us which you can read below. 



Previous scholars were Rob Flack, Agnes Ladjevardi, 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 Christopher Lloyd Scholarship please contact  [email protected] or phone 01797 334 042