Learner life at RHS Gardens

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Apprentice gardeners working in the gardens


Diploma students and Professional Work Placements (PWPs) based at RHS Garden Wisley have shared, self-catering accommodation provided in Wisley village. This consists of shared housing of between two to five people. Each student has a single study bedroom and access to a shared lounge and kitchen/dining facilities. Shared accommodation is also available for PWPs on-site at RHS Garden Rosemoor. The cost of RHS accommodation is deducted from remuneration.

There is currently no accommodation available for PWPs at RHS Gardens Bridgewater, Harlow Carr or Hyde Hall. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide apprentices with accommodation at any of our RHS Gardens.

Study support

All learners have access to the Library/Reading Room and IT facilities on all sites. Most importantly, all learners have access to RHS Advisory and Scientific staff and their plant expertise at each site. These RHS staff are able to support and guide our learners with their knowledge and with the specific skills required to complete their training in the gardens.

Opportunities and networks

Visits to RHS Shows and trips to gardens mean that our learners enjoy a great breadth of horticultural experience, and have the opportunity to make excellent industry contacts.

Learners can also arrange their own study tours and have in the past been to the USA, Spain, Japan and many locations in the UK. Our Level 4 students work with external partners on their design and build project, and have the opportunity to gain external work experience elsewhere in the industry.

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Work-based training

Spend your days working with and learning from horticultural experts. Choose from a variety of opportunities specially designed to grow your skills.

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Courses & workshops

Learn a new skill or brush up on old ones with a workshop or short course with the RHS.

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