2017 Horticulturist-Gardener Job Description
Elder Garden is a private, 4 plus-acre, garden centered residence in the southeast quadrant of Richmond, Indiana with perennial borders, minimal lawn, steep hillsides/stonework, meadow, woods, roses, long pergola, maze, annual beds, wetland area, small greenhouse, raised geometric vegetable garden, shade and ephemeral gardens, small fruit orchard including various berries, many specimen trees, and extensive perimeter plantings. Plans for the 2017 season include ensuring success of and fine tuning past installations and imagining new ones (under current ownership only since 2012 so there remains much to do).
Alan Elder, Owner/Head Gardener, oversees the gardens with the help of seasonal horticulturists and interns.
We are seeking one full or part time (1) experienced, highly qualified horticulturist-gardener for the 2017 season with hopes that this continues for many years. Responsibilities will include:
- planting and maintenance of garden beds and containers
- irrigation and fertilization of garden beds and containers
- deadheading of annuals and perennials
- pruning, mulching, watering of trees, shrubs, and vines , including perimeter plantings
- plant labeling where useful
- assistance with formal hedge maintenance and vegetable gardening
- occasional assistance with seven chicken hens (can be free-ranged in orchard)
- assistance in sharing of surplus produce
- garden renovation and bed amendment
- greenhouse and fence maintenance (heating and ventilation entirely automated)
- small fish pond, fountain, low voltage lighting, drainage and stonework maintenance
- planting, transplanting and propagation of plant material (including bulbs)
- IPM - monitoring and treatment of health problems of all plant material (use of organic remedies preferable whenever and wherever possible)
- Composting (including maintaining composting toilet when and if used)
- operation and utilization of basic landscape tools (hedge trimmers, blowers, pruners, etc.)
- operation of small machinery as necessary (golf cart, mowers, tiller, etc.)
- recordkeeping/database management
- other related work as needed, such as furniture and equipment maintenance, unseasonal snow/ice damage cleanup, painting, etc.
This is a full or part-time seasonal, hourly position that can either be full-time or can be designed to be part-time requiring no more than 30 hours per week with no expected weekend or holiday work. Flexible scheduling with morning start time allowing for brief meetings with Alan expected. Pay will be above market however without health and pension benefits (benefits could be added if work progresses to more than one year and becomes full-time – see below).
The approximate dates for this position is March through to Thanksgiving with hopes that the work might continue in subsequent years (there may be sporadic December through March work available but not required).
This position will participate in all areas of the gardens and represents an excellent opportunity for a dynamic experience in estate gardening. Since this property is only recently under new ownership and much of the landscape is young (since 2012), there is the additional benefit of participating in new garden installations and renovations. Elders hope to expand garden over time.
If full-time, the work will include maintenance of one or more other affiliated properties. And should the relationship prove successfully long term, there is the possibility of added benefits including residency in single family residential dwelling within walking distance of gardens.
Please send a cover letter, resume and references to Alan Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org Questions? Please call Alan on mobile 215-817-5664