Chiswick House appoints a new head gardener

Image above: Rosie Fyles

Chiswick House & Gardens has appointed Rosie Fyles as their new Head of Gardens. Rosie has been the Head Gardener of Ham House and Garden, a National Trust garden on the banks of the River Thames near Richmond, for the last six years.

Previously she had a career in communications including running her own agency and working internationally with FTSE 100 organisations, before retraining in garden management.

She has wide experience of leading a garden that is open to the public and has been a National Trust ‘Garden Champion’, providing guidance to other head gardeners. At Ham House Rosie and her team have received numerous accolades for their transformative, creative and nature-friendly gardening in an historic context, appearing widely in broadcast and print media.

Rosie has written for The Sunday Times and Gardens Illustrated and has just finished a monthly series on historic gardening styles for Period Living magazine. She is a Trustee of Silent Space, a charity that promotes peaceful time in green spaces.

Image above: Camellias in bloom at Chiswick House conservatory

Xanthe Arvanitakis, Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, said:

“I am delighted Rosie has agreed to take up the Head of Gardens role at such an important time as we recover from the impact of the pandemic. I’m really looking forward to working with Rosie to explore how we can enhance our biodiversity and be more nature-friendly whilst continuing to care for our historic gardens.”

Rosie Fyles said:

“I’m really excited to come across the Thames to Chiswick and contribute to the great work taking place to develop and enhance such a beautiful, historic and popular place that is right at the heart of a local community.”

Rosie starts as Head of Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens on 20 April.

Her predecessor Geraldine King left in January to take up a post at Rosemoor RHS Gardens in Devon. She led Chiswick House’s team of gardeners to win Heritage Park of the Year four times in a row (2016 – 2019) in the London in Bloom competition.

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See also: Estate garden manager Geraldine King to leave Chiswick House

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