Meet the Head Gardener - John Myers

John Myers joined Fairlight Hall as Head Gardener in 2018 from Royal Botanical Gardens Kew where he took part in the restoration of the Temperate House the worlds largest surviving victorian glasshouse which reopened it’s doors after a 5 year restoration in 2018. John trained at the world famous gardens were he did a three year specialism under in glasshouse and display horticulture getting to work with a wide range of exotic and endangered plant species. He continues to have a keen interest in exotic plants and has recently transformed the Glasshouse at Fairlight Hall. 

John is an experienced plantsman who has written articles for The English Garden Online and Sussex Life, you may also see articles in various magazines and newspapers, giving horticultural advise. You can also find sharing gardening videos on our instagram page @fairlighthallgardens and his own @theeastsussexgardener along with various pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Charity and community projects are import to John, as he sits on the board for Conquest 21 for which he has designed and installed the Fairlight Hall Courtyard along with helping to maintain some of the courtyards at the local Conquest Hospital, he also helps with various charitable gardening causes such as Ore in Bloom, and has advised many local groups on horticultural projects.

At Fairlight Hall John oversees the running of the garden, planning and organisation of the 15 acre decorative garden are not the only part of his role, John curates our plant collections and upholds our high horticultural standards within in the garden.

John’s vision for Fairlight Hall gardens is to improve and maintain what is already in the garden and leave a good gardening legacy for Fairlight Hall keeping the much loved garden looking at there best well into the future.

Head Gardener Q&A

Q: What is your favourite plant in the garden?

A: I have a few but if I have to pick just one it would be the Butia capitata on the tropical border as it is a really good specimen

Q: What do you most enjoy about the garden?

A: I love the huge variety in the garden there is a wonderful variety of plants and areas, there is something different around every corner.

Q: What is the best thing about being the Head Gardener at Fairlight Hall

A: Getting to care for such a wonderful garden and work with a great team of people is such a wonderful setting.