Head Gardener

Whether you already are a Head Gardener or an experienced horticulturist ready to take the next step, please consider this incredible opportunity at a stunning oceanside estate near Boston. Seven acres of plantings, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. between 1903-1914 feature a diverse and sophisticated plant palette ranging from seaside to woodland. In addition to extensive formal perennial borders there is a water garden, rose garden, vegetable and cutting garden, native woodland garden, and many shrub borders — all maintained to the highest standards using environmentally friendly methods.

This is a hands-on, year-round, full-time position reporting directly to the owner, a knowledgeable and passionate gardener herself. You will be responsible not only for the meticulous maintenance of the gardens, but participate in their continual renewal. Although this is an historic property, the borders are dynamic, changing from year to year and often within the same season. The successful candidate will have excellent plant knowledge, superb fine gardening skills, a keen eye for design, and the ability to interpret and work with plans.

You also will be responsible for supervising a small team and directing arborists and other outside suppliers. (Lawn care and irrigation requirements are managed by other staff members.) You should be able to educate, inspire, motivate, and lead through example. A sense of humor is essential; long-standing traditions are Popsicle breaks on hot days and absurd pop-up contests such as guessing the number of baby koi in the lily pools.

This position offers extremely generous compensation, paid holidays, paid time off, educational opportunities, and an abundance of our own organic vegetables. The estate is a serenely beautiful and rewarding place to work, with involved and appreciative owners who recognize and reward excellence.

Please email your resume and a detailed cover letter reflecting your interests and expectations to: OlmstedGardeners@gmail.com

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