The Head Gardeners Survival Manual
During 2012, I organised and ran a series of seminars entitled Managing As A Head Gardener. These events were designed to assist Head Gardeners and Deputy Head Gardeners to see themselves as Managers as well as gardeners. After almost thirty years as a landscape contractor, specialising in Events, especially RHS and other Show Gardens, as well as organising major gardenesque functions for clients such as Do It All Ltd and Bradstone Ltd, where time and quality were of the essence, I became Head Gardener to Goodwood Estate. Goodwood is possibly the most Event orientated estate in Britain, with many Internationally famous events including the world’s largest Motor Sport weekends, The Festival of Speed and The Goodwood Revival, both of which attract six figure attendances. Added to these are the Glorious Goodwood Horse Racing week, over 30 Race Days, two major Golf Courses, many Weddings plus monthly ‘Club’ meetings at the Motor Circuit and Airfield.
All of these events demanded a specific type of Head Gardener – one who could ‘manage’ both the day to day running of the large gardens Team and look after the many functions. The owner, Lord March, had only one rule; Excellence! Nothing else mattered, everything else followed!
The Head Gardener seminars attracted a wide range of delegates, all of whom came from some of the most prestigious Public Gardens in England, and proved to be both popular and successful.
Out of these seminars came a clear message from the Delegates; the need for a book aimed at Head Gardeners. Using the large number of notes produced for these day long seminars, I wrote The Head Gardeners Survival Manual, an A4 hardback covering every aspect of life as a Senior Gardener, from setting out on your career – at least, from the stage when one felt ready to take on a responsible job – dealing with job interviews and all stages throughout one’s career.
‘Pure Management Gold Dust’ – Kate Lowe, Editor, Horticulture Week
‘This is a real Godsend to both new and old head gardeners alike, and should be on all our bookshelves’ – Tony Arnold, Chairman, Professional Gardeners Guild
‘…..more than deserving of recognition. The Internet doesn’t hold a candle to the lifetime’s experience in these pages’ – Peter Seabrook, Garden Writer and Broadcaster.
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