Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme


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Fiona Dennis, Manager of the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme.

Fiona has worked in horticulture for twenty-five years. Following training at Merrist Wood Agricultural College, she began her career in the Royal Parks at Hyde Park as a Grade 2 Gardener. Fiona moved on to become the Nursery Technician at Writtle College in Essex. This was followed by a spell working as a Field Technician managing trials for Evening Primrose and Borage production. In 1989, Fiona became Propagator in the Alpine and Herbaceous Department at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, during which time she achieved her RHS Master of Horticulture.

Developing her interest in conservation, she undertook an MSc in the Conservation and Utilisation of Crop Genetic Diversity at Birmingham University. Fiona became Project Officer at Botanic Gardens Conservation International working with botanic gardens worldwide. After five years of international work, she came back to work full-time in the UK with the City of London as Technical Officer based at Hampstead Heath. In her previous post, she was both lecturer and adviser at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley.