Thank you to all who voted for your favourite of these eight Cornish head gardeners, the voting has now closed and the winner will be announced at this year’s Spring Flower Show
Photographs by Charles Francis (move your mouse to the description box to see the text more clearly).
For centuries, the head gardener was a key figure in the day-to-day life of a country estate. He (and it nearly always was a he) needed not only sound horticultural skills, but also the ability to manage a team of garden boys, apprentices and under-gardeners. Few of his 21st century counterparts benefit from such extensive back-up – but what they do have is an abundance of dedication, ingenuity and enthusiasm. The eight head gardeners featured in the slideshow above have all these qualities in spades – qualities which are particularly important when you’re doing the job in Cornwall, home of some of the world’s most magnificent gardens. One of them will take home a trophy from the Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc (March 28 and 29) – find out how to vote at the end of the piece.