New Head of Gardens for Chiswick House

Rosie Fyles formerly tended to Ham House

Rosie Fyles

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust has announced the appointment of a new Head of Gardens.

Rosie Fyles is to take on the role on 20 April having previously 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.

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

Ms Fyles 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. During her tenure at Ham House, her team received numerous accolades for their gardening in an historic context, appearing widely in broadcast and print media.

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

Geraldine King, who had served as Estate garden manager for seven years, left last month to take up a position at RHS Rosemoor in North Devon.

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."

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February 15, 2022