Stonecrop Gardens Internship
Compensation: $400 weekly +
Stonecrop Gardens is located in the lower Hudson River Valley region of New York State, six miles east of the village of Cold Spring. Stonecrop is well known for its diverse plant collections. The enclosed English-style flower garden has a framework of trees, shrubs and perennials which is enhanced each season with interplantings of bulbs, tropical and half-hardy plants, biennials and specialty annuals, most of which are propagated at Stonecrop. Plants in the alpine collection are found throughout the gardens in trough displays, unique raised stone beds, lime and ericaceous display frames, a rock ledge garden, and alpine house. The well-established, sophisticated woodland plant collection includes both native and exotic species. Each year approximately 30,000 bulbs are added to the outdoor display, along with a large collection of indoor choice dwarf bulbs that bloom from November to March. Aquatic plants are featured in the numerous ponds and pools found throughout the gardens. Greenhouse facilities include a conservatory with a quality collection of winter-blooming plants, alpine house, pit house, small tropical room and two working greenhouses used for propagation.
The emphasis of the Internship is on practical horticulture; to know, grow, and use plants. Our objective is for Interns to build the specialized skills necessary to a professional in the field and to enhance their theoretical foundation. Stonecrop Interns have the unique opportunity to work in all areas of the gardens throughout the season. They learn how to grow vegetables using crop rotation and have the chance to create their own vegetable plots. Interns are given time each day to research their chosen ‘Plant of the Day’ from the Stonecrop collection. They go on field trips to gardens, both public and private, and to interesting nurseries. Stonecrop interns have access to a library featuring a vast selection
of resources and books on a range of gardening and botanical topics.
The 2023 Internship Program will run from February 6 through December 15, encompassing a full gardening season, but can be flexible to accommodate different schedules. Compensation includes a stipend of $400 per week plus on-site housing.
Stonecrop is situated in a remote setting and Interns must have a vehicle, since there is no
reliable taxi service or public transportation.
If you want to really apply yourself and develop a sound understanding of practical horticulture, plant identification, plant families, and garden design, this internship is for you. Interested parties should send a cover letter and résumé to the attention of Caroline Burgess, Director.