Ian Bull

Garden Manager - RHS Hyde Hall

I am very keen on encouraging people to make horticulture their career.

I have worked at RHS Garden Hyde Hall for over 13 years and I am currently a Garden Manager. This role involves me overseeing the management and maintenance of the Hilltop Garden which is the original part of the garden and contains classic ornamental features such as the Herbaceous Border and Rose Gardens as well as more modern and dynamic features such as the Robinson Garden with its striking gabion wall and moisture loving plants and the Dry Garden with its extensive range of drought tolerant plants set in a rocky Mediterranean landscape. I also oversee the management of all the turf areas at the garden, and the lawn in the Hilltop Garden is amongst the finest in the RHS with its lush green sward. I am very keen on encouraging people to make horticulture their career and I oversee both our traineeship and our newly launched apprenticeship which is aiming to encourage youngsters into the industry. The great thing about my job is that I can see a project through from its initial inception and design, through its implementation to its completion and then watch the design grow and mature in the garden.

Before I started at Hyde Hall I studied at RHS Garden Wisley and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and completed a degree in Landscape Management. After an academic course it was great to start to put into practise what I had been taught and although my job is now split between the practical and management tasks I now have a small garden of my own where I can grow my favourite plants such as Diascia personata and Agapanthus ‘Windlebrooke’. 

Ian's posts and conversations

  • Round and round the veg garden

    It’s on its way – our new Global Growth Vegetable Garden is taking shape

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  • New Rose Walk adds more formality to the Hilltop Garden

    Formal flourishes add excitement and drama to Hyde Hall, with new views to delight garden

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  • All ready for the summer sun in our Mediterranean-themed Dry Garden

    The Dry Garden at Hyde Hall has had its spring tidy up and is ready for the warm summer days ah

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  • Flowers, frost and fragrance

    It's worth stepping out on frosty mornings to admire winter-flowering plants; especially on

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  • The final autumn shades...

    Although it’s tempting to start hibernating as the days shorten, there is still lots of c

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  • Awash with late summer colour

    This has been a great growing year at RHS Garden Hyde Hall with an ideal mix of rain, sun and a

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  • Training the border force

    One of the most exciting parts of my job is training people to become professional horticulturi

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  • Coming up roses

    Hyde Hall has a great collection of roses and now is a fantastic time to come and admire them.

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  • Mulching time

    Now that the weather is warming up it is a great time to prepare beds and borders for the

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