A Skilled Head Gardener required for a large private garden in South County Dublin 

The estate, at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, is one of the finest private gardens in Ireland, with many interesting features and a unique microclimate. The 18-acre property contains historic elements, naturalistic and formal planting and includes meadow, woodland, river garden, extensive herbaceous areas, formal hedging and lawns, a walled garden with fruit, hot and cool gardens, a rose garden and other areas. It is gardened to a very high standard with attention to fine detail.

The Candidate:

  • The ideal candidate will be creative and innovative and have a sense of excitement for ongoing and future projects
  • They will have a broad knowledge and passion for plants, with an understanding of current ideas in planting design
  • They will be self-motivated, physically fit and able to work efficiently while observing the finer details
  • They will be sensitive towards the historic and biodiverse elements of the garden and landscape
  • They will have good team skills

Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing and motivating the team of 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff
  • Managing the day-to-day, year-round maintenance of the garden, including planting and maintaining large herbaceous areas with artistry and flair
  • Managing the continuing development of the garden, while working closely with the owners and the garden consultant
  • Propagating plants
  • Maintaining records for the garden, machinery, and health and safety
  • Managing the garden budget and ordering plant material and other sundries when necessary
  • Liaising regularly with the estate manager
  • Planting containers for seasonal interest
  • Providing flowers for the house


  • A recognised qualification in horticulture and relevant experience of at least 5 years
  • A significant ability managing and fine-tuning perennial and other planting schemes
  • Propagating skills
  • Pruning experience
  • Turf maintenance skills
  • Familiarity with glasshouse and polytunnel culture
  • Familiarity with organic principles and sustainable practice
  • Knowledge of Latin plant names

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