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.
The Christopher Lloyd Scholar spends a year working in the garden at Great Dixter and learning from Fergus and the team.
The nursery scholar usually spends 12 months in the nursery at Great Dixter learning from the team of experienced and knowledgeable staff who work there. The nursery operates in a traditional way, using skills and techniques that are no longer seen in larger or more commercial operations.
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. Now open for applications
The Ruth Borun Scholar spends a year working in the garden at Great Dixter, is paid minimum wage and offered subsidised accommodation on site.
This Scholarship is generously funded by The Anna and Harry Borun Foundation in memory of Ruth Borun.
Our Ruth Borun Scholar for 2022-23 is Luke Senior.
The Adam Greathead Award will enable someone to spend six months working and learning at John Massey's Garden at Ashwood Nurseries in the West Midlands and six months here at Great Dixter in East Sussex. Now open to applicants!
The Rick Mather David Scrase Foundation have generously given £150,000 over five years to fund an annual scholarship, enabling an outstanding existing scholar to extend their study at Great Dixter beyond the first year.
As well as formal scholarships, Great Dixter offers placements for trainee gardeners from around the world.