David Perry

Garden Manager - RHS Rosemoor

The Garden Manager role is very varied and full of challenges - no two days are the same.

I am a career changer - after being in agricultural business I decided horticulture was for me at 30 and retrained in garden design at Pershore College. After two years part-time study whilst working for a landscaper I followed my parents into a landscaping business back here in my native Devon, which I ran for a further 3 years.

The job coming up at Rosemoor coincided with starting a family so I decided to opt for employment so I could be around for them growing up! The Garden Manager role is very varied and full of challenges, from drawing up plant lists to monitoring the temperature averages in our compost heaps to organising staff work schedules - no two days are the same.

David's posts and conversations

  • Future-proofing our pest-proofing

    Guarding our trees and shrubs at Rosemoor is an essential part of our maintenance regime

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  • Giving the linhay a lift

    A traditional West Country building, the linhay is receiving continued improvements to preserve

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  • New plantings in Lady Anne's garden

    Join us as we finish an exciting new project to transform the plantings at the entrance t

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  • Adding to the atmosphere

    A local nursery inspired the creation of a raised pond. Thanks to a member's donation, we c

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  • Nurturing the birch

    Since planting 10,500 birch trees in our woodlands this winter, we here at Rosemoor have been b

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  • Running rings around irises

    Gardening inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. Here, firmly in Devon clay, part

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  • Forestry marketing foray

    With more than 100 acres of woodland there's always some on-going forestry management requi

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  • Goodbye poppies

    As the garden bids farewell to its poppy display, there's plenty of work to be done

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  • Super Spiro Gyro!

    This year we have been lucky enough to have won a budget for a new play item in the Copse play

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  • A swathe of poppies - in the end!

    Growing poppies at Rosemoor to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War ha

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