The Horticultural Internship Programme is for a talented and promising gardener, who has just graduated from college or university and for whom a year working in the gardens at the Museum is a “bridge” to a future career. At the Museum they will be mentored by Sarah Price, the designer who is our Horticultural Consultant and recent Chelsea gold medal winner, but also have a really good opportunity to meet designers, writers, contractors, and so on, through the events and exhibitions which take place here.
In addition, Interns have twelve placements off-site, whether it is a day with Tom Stuart-Smith or helping to construct a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. We are very proud that our first two Interns, Matt Collins and Ben Dark, each went straight into good, well-paid jobs in prestigious and interesting private gardens.
Mr Gareth Scotland is our Horticultural Intern for 2011- 12. Gareth is originally from Stockport in Greater Manchester. He studied horticulture at the University of Reading, gaining a BSc Hons First Class.
Gareth spent a year working for the Royal Parks in Kensington Gardens and has experience working in many garden centres, nurseries and landscaping companies. Gareth is currently studying to receive his Extended Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture at Capel Manor College.
Gareth writes a blog about his experiences and you can read it here.