The Professional Gardeners’ Trust offers awards named after significant donors and from its general funds.  The Trust selects the most appropriate award for the applicant.  TO APPLY PLEASE SEE APPLY PAGE

Between them, the awards cover trainings for gardeners at all stages of their careers, acquiring new skills and developing their horticultural knowledge and experience (Continued Professional Development).  Self employed gardeners and employed gardeners are eligible.  All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to horticulture as their professional career.

Our principle benefactors are:

  • The National Garden Scheme – substantial funding from the NGS Open Gardens Scheme has enabled the PG Trust to significantly expand its training programmme –
  • The Mollie Salisbury Bequest – a generous donation from the family of the late Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury who made Hatfield House famous for its garden.
  • The Finnis Scott Foundation – is a long-standing donor to the Trust and was established under the will of Valeris Finnis.  Awards are for recent career changers into horticulture –
  • The Lironi Award – Perennial helps anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces.  Perennial’s Lironi Training Award provides the qualifications or training needed to progress careers across horticulture – 
  • The Worshipful Company of Gardeners has made an annually recurring grant. This is available for a wide variety of training –
  • The Birkbeck Garden History Gorup (BGHG) Award – is available to professional gardeners wishing to broaden their knowledge of garden history by attending lectures, conferences, courses and study days –
  • The Professional Gardeners’ Guild – provides annual funding including an award known as the Kenwyn Pearson Award.  This award is named after the Trust’s first Honorary Secretary who did so much to establish the Trust and is awarded to gardeners who are members of the PGG –


Michael Doward achieved his RHS Level 2 in 2019 with the support of a £300 award, whilst Adrian Thorne received an award for £500 in 2019 towards studying for his RHS Master of Horticulture and Anne Gumuschian achieved her City and Guilds Diploma in Horticulture and Gardening with the support of a £850 award.