Training & Internships

The Trust offers a range of ways you can develop your career.

Garden apprenticeships

For the past few years we’ve been running a pilot Garden Apprenticeship programme, placing young trainees in gardens across Scotland. We’ve been delighted to see these young people taking up roles in horticulture, both within the Trust’s gardens and beyond.

Now we’re working behind the scenes to apply the lessons learned from the pilot in a refreshed approach to our gardener training.

If you are interested in a career in professional gardening, please keep an eye on this page or our vacancies page for future announcements.

The School of Heritage Gardening

The Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening has been training generations of gardeners since 1960. Students learn the art, craft and science of horticulture – from pruning, grafting and glasshouse cultivation, to plant identification and the use of gardening machinery and tools.

At Threave Garden, in Dumfries & Galloway, our trainees learn how to be professional gardeners and can acquire nationally recognised qualifications in the process. They learn how to manage different types of gardens, ranging in style and using varied plant content.

School of Heritage Gardening

In the Trust

We offer a range of training opportunities for current Trust employees and volunteers, including online training in a range of topics, face-to-face training sessions and management development programmes tailored to early career managers, middle management and senior leaders.