THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Guanock House needs a trainee topiary artist!
Some of you may know it as the first home and garden of designer Arne Maynard, but is now owned and maintained by Michael Coleman and his wife Michelle. They offer meditation workshops and retreats there and it is as beautiful a house and garden as you could wish to visit.
They called me in last Autumn to help shape up some of the topiary as it was all getting out of hand, but what it really needs is someone with a steady hand and lots of patience to take over the clipping in the summer.
Guanock House Trainee Needed
Michael is looking for a local person who is diligent, is able to tackle the strenuous nature of the work and has an aesthetic sense for shaping plants that will be in tune with the garden.
The work is on a project by project basis to begin with, possibly moving to something more regular in the future.
Pay in line with experience. Training will be given as well, possibly by myself to make sure you have all the know-how you need.
What I will stress is that the work is great fun (as tough as it can be physically) and that this is a fantastic opportunity to make a start in your gardening and pruning career. There is a variety of plants to turn your hand too and get experience working with, as well as a mix of formal and organic shapes.
It is a perfect first job for an aspiring topiary artist!
Please do visit the Guanock House website and let Michael know you are interested, and to find out more –
Or view my topiary work.
Here are some photos of work I have been doing at the garden of Charlotte Molesworth in Kent. Snow and ice brings out the depth of the different planes and angles carved into the boxwood. A garden has to look beautiful in winter – and topiary (green architecture) helps do that! For more topiary pictures, click here.
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