Andrew Tebbutt

Horticulturist (Level II)

I enjoy the challenge of maintaining the gardens to a high standard

I was always under the impression that you didn’t need to enjoy your job as long as it paid the bills. It took 6 long years of mundane employment to realise this. I had always been interested in the outside world and thanks to my parents who are keen gardeners themselves I decided to enrol at Writtle College to study Horticulture at a National Diploma level. During this time I gained a traineeship at RHS Hyde Hall where I really started to blossom (no pun intended!) It was great to put into practice things we learnt in the classroom and get a real practical grip on horticultural techniques.

 I must have done something right at Hyde Hall because I applied for a position a year later and was successful. That was 6 years ago and time has flown by since. On a day to day basis I oversee the Queen Mothers Garden, Australian / New Zealand Garden, on site composting, pond management and plant sourcing for the entire garden. I have played a part in the planning and development of the garden including the new visitor building, courtyard gardens and dry garden extension. I can honestly say that no two days are ever the same and I enjoy the challenge of maintaining the gardens to a high standard.

Andrew's posts and conversations

  • Clearing the woodland walk

    Chopping and chipping - find out how we're keeping your walk through the woods an autumnal

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  • Now is the time to get hardy plants in the ground

    My last blog was about woodland planting. This time around it is a 180-degree shift as we heave

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  • A dirty job - but someone’s got to do it

    Planting 5,000 trees is no mean feat, especially in some of the stickiest clay around

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  • Shining bright despite the weather

    Every morning I always take the time to carry out a quick lap of the Queen Mother's Garden

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  • RHS Hyde Hall's sub-tropical border gets re-imagined

    Our sub-tropical border at Hyde Hall has always been a firm favourite with both visitors and st

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