Robert Brett

Curator, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Although I initially started my career in farming, my passion for plants and gardening began in earnest when I joined the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to undertake the three-year Diploma in Horticulture. Whilst a student I became interested in orchids, and after completing the diploma I  stayed at RBG Kew for a further six years working in the orchid department.

I was part of the team that put together the first ‘Kew Orchid Festival’. Since this time, I've had a wonderful career, which has included Cambridge University Botanic Garden (Glasshouse Supervisor) and Temperate Curator at the Eden Project. Before joining the team at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in 2015, I worked for the Sainsbury Laboratory Plant Science Research Facility at Cambridge. I have a keen interest in education and was awarded an MSc in Environment and Development Education in 2001. Away from plants, my other passions include music (playing guitar) and football.

Robert's posts and conversations

  • Red-hot summer

    This summer the weather has pushed plants to their limits, with unusually high rainfall followe

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  • Salley garden

    Curator Rob sings the praises of willows, as their bare stems become clothed in leaves and catk

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