Veteran of Kew and the Eden Project joins RHS Hyde Hall as curator
Veteran of Kew and the Eden Project joins RHS Hyde Hall as
Brett joined the Essex garden on 7 April from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge where he was
responsible for the setup, delivery and management of a comprehensive plant growth facility for the
Laboratory. He replaces Ian Le Gros, who is now head of site.
He joins a team of more than 250 staff and volunteers. As curator, Robert will manage and develop
the garden's plant collections and horticultural displays, and lead a team of horticulturists, RHS
trainees, apprentices and garden volunteers.
Brett trained at the Welsh College of Horticulture and has a Kew Diploma in Horticulture and an
MSc in Environment and Development Education from South Bank University.
He started his career in landscaping before moving to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he
assisted in the managed the orchid collections. He then became supervisor of glasshouses at
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, where he also taught adult education programmes, and then
moved to The Eden Project, as horticultural curator for temperate collections.
He said: "The next few years will see many new developments to the garden. It's an honour to be
able to work with a fantastic team to enable these ambitious projects come to life, ensuring that
Hyde Hall remains one of the country's best loved gardens now and in the future."
For more about developments at Hyde Hall see next week's Horticulture Week.