Seeking head gardener in Tuscany


Head Gardener – Tuscany

Borgo Santo Pietro, Siena


Located in the heart of Tuscany, Borgo Santo Pietro has over 13 acres of gardens, meadows, parks and farmland.  With many diverse and beautiful gardens such as formal ornamental gardens, organic kitchen gardens, classic herb gardens, water gardens, lakes, lawns and terraces, the estate also produces vegetables, herbs, flowers and honey for the hotel’s restaurants.

Every area of the estate needs to be maintained to the very highest standards as the gardens are at the very heart of this award winning boutique hotel.

About the role

As the Head Gardener you will be responsible for managing the team of gardeners and maintenance staff.  You’ll manage every aspect of the gardening team as well as having extensive plant and landscaping knowledge.  You’ll also be the public face of the gardening team and will need to take great pride in your work.  As a 5 star hotel our guests expect the very highest standards particularly within the gardens where they spend a large percentage of their time.  Attention to detail and a good eye are essential as is the ability to multi-task and take responsibility for unexpected situations.  As a team leader you will need to manage staff related to the gardens and also to the farm (chickens, alpacas, ducks, pigs) as well as the productive kitchen gardens.

About you

You will be confident and committed to taking on a hands-on role overseeing all the horticultural and people management tasks. Your communications skills will be first rate, and you’ll be as comfortable talking to guests about the gardens and develop an in-depth knowledge of Borgo Santo Pietro’s history, its plants, landscape and our plans for the future.

You will need to be organised and a good leader and willing to be flexible at all times. You will need a good understanding of organic methods and sustainable horticultural techniques.  You will be able to plan well in advance, agree targets and stick to them especially when it comes to planting and productivity.

You will need to have excellent knowledge of English, good Italian skills would be an asset though Italian lessons will be provided as part of your role.

Key Tasks:

  • Plant selection and propagation
  • Hard and soft landscaping
  • Pest and disease management
  • Maintenance of systems such as pumps and irrigation
  • Food Production
  • Guest liaison and communication
  • Budget management and administration
  • Managing contractors and staff
  • Overseeing the general management and maintenance of 13 acres

The Rewards

Borgo Santo Pietro is one of the leading boutique hotels in the world and has an excellent reputation.  You will be working in a truly stunning location in the very heart of Tuscany.  The Estate is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills.  The environment is exceptional and you will be joining a team of enthusiastic and helpful staff from all over the world.  Living in Tuscany has endless rewards such as the climate, the culture, the food and of course the fine wines.  As part of the Borgo team you will be valued, respected and supported in every aspect of your work.

Salary to be discussed.

We can provide accommodation if needed.

Contact Francesco Capria


About Gardens, Food & Umbria

I am a garden designer, working throughout central Italy. I have lived in Italy for over 30 years – for many years in Rome but now in the wilds of Umbria where I have fixed up one wreck of a house, am working on another, and tinker endlessly with two and a half hectares of land, some of which is my garden.
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