A trust which views gardening as infrastructure for a climate resilient future

Over the past years, we have seen the conversation about cities and ecologies grow in fervour, to the point where we now have cities proposed with green roofs, green walls, urban forests, rivers down main roads, all full of habitat and ecological richness.

But it begs the question: who is going to look after it all?

This trust supports young Australian gardeners training in overseas gardens, embedding knowledge gained into local landscapes.

Imogen Toomer

 Imogen Toomer has successfully completed the inaugural Global Gardening Trust Scholarship for 2019. 

Imogen was awarded the 2019 De Wiersse Scholarship and placed in the Netherlands at De Wiersse for three months. Having previously commenced a career in pharmacology, Imogen made a career change to pursue her passion of gardening and advocate for gardening to be valued in a climate aware future. 

Currently finishing a three year apprenticeship at Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane, Queensland, her time at 
De Wiersse was her first overseas experience. This  exposed Imogen to new ways of gardening the landscape, bringing knowledge back to her everyday position at Roma street alongside the Brisbane City Council. 

Follow our instagram account for updates by Imogen of her time as the inaugural Global Gardening Trust Scholar.

De Wiersse 

Scholar 2019

Away from the world, surrounded by its farmland and woods, lies the moated manor house of De Wiersse. This captivating estate lies in the very east of the Netherlands, an area known as the Achterhoek – “Back Corner”. Set in 38 acres of garden and 74 acres of landscape park and avenues, the house and its surroundings have been lived in, designed and managed by the family since 1678. The historic and beautifully kept garden contrasts meadows and woodland with formal parterres, bridges, fountains, statues and a serpentine tunnel of beech.

The moss and ferns beside the paths of the romantic woodland garden give way to a productive kitchen garden; the beech tunnel and ancient avenue lead to lawns and rose garden and mixed borders around the sunken garden. Countless naturalised species bulbs and wild flowers are found alongside the gently flowing stream and in the meadows and woodland garden.


Term: Three months (April to July)

Travel: Flights provided

Accomodation: On site 

Bursary: 100 Euro per week

Transport: Bicycle and good local train 


Applications: Applications for 2021 

CLOSED due to Covid-19

Location: Zutphen, Netherland

De Wiersse 

Scholarship 2020

The Global Gardening Trust: De Wiersse Scholarship is a programme to support young gardeners in gaining experience in a premier garden. Working five days a week in the garden, two days with master gardener Laura Gatacre (long-term head gardener and manager) the student will gain experience working across all parts of the garden.

At De Wiersse students have the opportunity to experience a great variety of practical aspects; woodland and wild garden; hedges and paths, water in ponds and stream; the mixed borders, rose parterre and box hedges (1913) and Sunk Garden (1917) and a large and productive organic fruit and vegetable garden which includes annuals and a nursery area. Students will have the unique chance to observe and share in the pleasures and challenges of continuity and renewal in an historic garden and park open to the public. There is also plenty of opportunity to visit other nurseries and botanic gardens in the Netherlands.

The Scholarship supports students’ travel to the garden from Australia, a weekly stipend, use of bike for local travel and opportunity to eat from the kitchen garden. During the three month scholarship the student is required to keep a journal and to produce a report.

De Wiersse is an important place of learning for any student. We see the variety of hands-on involvement and co-operation with nature as important skills for the future of our cities The student will be exposed to new techniques in the Netherlands. De Wiersse has close ties with the eminent nursery 

De Hessenhof, the premier garden Great Dixter in England, as well as with Boskoop shrub nursery and other botanic gardens.

Upon returning to Australia, the student, at a determined time, will spend a week at the property of Sally Johannsohn embedding knowledge learned in this established Tasmanian garden. This is to ensure over time that a single garden can act as a repository of knowledge, a central place of learning.

This programme was established considering the view of gardening as infrastructure. Premier gardens across the world garden in a way which values the rhythms found in plants and nature. By encouraging Australian gardening to learn from this, we can increase our collective ability to garden landscapes beyond simple maintenance, ensuring that in the context of climate change we have climate adaptive/resilient landscapes.

Students can apply above. 

Government, benefactors or otherwise who wish to support this scholarship can contact the below email.




Random House

The heart of the garden comes from the nurseries propagation, favouring plants with good form, particularly perennials, The plantings reflect Chinese, European and North American influences, with an introducttion of strong Tasmanian endemic components. 

Over the years Sally Johannson has developed an informal spreading garden designed to bring out the best in individual plants, and combine colour, texture and shape into thought provoking beds. Constantly working to balance the planting, there is continued interest through the seasons and perhaps a little magic.

Term: One week (October to November)

Accomodation: On site 

Travel: Flights provided

Bursary: Nil

Transport: Public Transport

Location: Neika, Tasmania