The Christopher Lloyd Scholar spends a year working in the garden at Great Dixter, 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. 

The scholarship is aimed at improving the skills within UK horticulture and is open to UK citizens or anyone who is eligible to enter and work in the UK without a visa.

Our next round of applications will open in March 2023 to commence in September 2023. Please email [email protected] for further information.

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

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 Christopher Lloyd Scholarship please contact  [email protected] or phone 01797 334 042