Meet the Gardeners

The Woburn Abbey Gardens Team

Woburn Abbey Gardens are managed by a team of RHS trained gardeners and support staff. Pictured right, the team includes:

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  • Andrew Grout - Head Gardener
  • Ann Birch - Assistant Gardener/Grower
  • Douglas Francis - Assistant Gardener
  • David Firth - Under Gardener/Store Person
  • Freya Whitney - Gardens Secretary & Events Co-ordinator
  • Matt Applegate - Assistant Gardener
  • Martin Towsey - Estates Gardens' Manager
  • Neil Cosby - Assistant Gardener

> An Interview With Martin Towsey


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Garden Tours

Our RHS trained gardeners are on hand at our monthly Come and Grow sessions to give advice and offer a free tour of the garden. A variety of garden tours are also available for pre-booked groups. At other times, we have prepared a number of podcasts for you to download to your mobile phone or MP3 player. Enjoy these as you walk around the garden at your own pace. 

> Download An Audio Tour


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Study Days 

Check out our Events page for details of the various study days we run throughout the year. Our RHS trained gardeners utilise their many years of horticultural expertise to teach new skills to participants and develop exitising knowledge. 

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Events & Exhibitions

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Humphry Repton Study Day

Take an in-depth look at the career of Humphry Repton and what made him such a remarkable landscape gardener.
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Woburn Abbey Gardens Tour and Lunch

Enjoy the splendour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens through the seasons with our 2017 private garden tour and lunch at The Sculpture Gallery.
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Kitchen Gardening

Learn a variety of skills to take away and use in your own Kitchen Garden.
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Celebration Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in wedding and celebration flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Parkland Tour - May

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2017

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After the huge success of the 2016 Garden Show this June we are pleased to announce that tickets can now be purchased for the 8th Woburn Abbey Garden Show taking place on 24th and 25th June 2017. Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, ‘The Gardener’s Garden Show’ offers visitors the best location of any show in the UK, taking place within the 42 acres of Abbey Gardens.
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Garden Photography (morning session)

A great opportunity to learn about digital photography and enjoy the Woburn Abbey Garden Show
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Garden Photography (afternoon session)

A great opportunity to learn about digital photography and enjoy the Woburn Abbey Garden Show
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Woburn Abbey Gardens Tour and Lunch 13th July

Enjoy the splendour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens through the seasons with our 2017 private garden tour and lunch at The Sculpture Gallery.
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A Day with Pippa Greenwood

Learn to 'grow your own' from this well-known gardening expert.
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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Garden Safari Week - July

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Calling all Garden Explorers! Come and join us on our Garden Safari this summer holiday.
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Parkland Tour - July

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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Garden Safari Week - August

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Calling all Garden Explorers! Come and join us on our Garden Safari this summer holiday.
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Parkland Tour - August

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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Bat Walks

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Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Bat Walks

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Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Pruning Study Day

This session is designed to give you a wide range of pruning skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance.
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.