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KBBS Reports

Our Bursary is funded by a generous donation from the estate of Mr Kenneth Black providing small bursaries to students and people who are employed in horticulture.  You can find details of the scheme and how to apply on the main bursary scheme page

We have helped...

...in 2020

Pin Dix, Gardening at Kew through the pandemic

...in 2019

Hana Vanova to work with Dr Noel Kingsbury on a minimal irrigation project in his new garden in Central Portugal and to visit several botanical gardens in the Coimbra and Porto regions. November 2019 to January 2020
Patricie Zeleznikova & Liz Mortimer, apprentices at the Eden Project, to work with the team at Tresco Abbey Gardens to extend their knowledge of growing Mediterranean and tender plants. November 2019
Richard Baines, Curator of Logan Botanic Garden, and Andrew Luke, Head Gardener at EH Wrest Park, to collect living material and carry out specialist field research in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range & Hà Giang Provinces in Northern Vietnam. October 2019.
Ana Oliveira to go the Azores for a month, to work on the Azorean Bullfinch Conservation project with SPEA (Portuguese Society for the Protection of Birds) where she helped with the restoration of the endemic laurel forests, key to the survival of the Azorean Bullfinch. September/October 2019
Kirsty Wilson, the Herbaceous Supervisor responsible for the Chinese Hillside at RBG Edinburgh, to go on a plant hunting and seed collecting expedition in China. September 2019.
Hannah Boaden, a trainee gardener at Threave Garden and Estate, National Trust for Scotland, to take up three weeks voluntary work at Whistling Garden, Ontario and spend a week in Thunder Bay to compare the different ecosystems and the plant life they support. September 2019.
Matilda Cresswell-Cox, a 1st year apprentice at Kew, to travel to the Pacific North West in order to undertake her travel scholarship project on 'Horticulture’s Role in the Health and Wellbeing of Plants and People'. July/August 2019.
Giulio Veronese, Senior Horticulturist at Birmingham Botanic Gardens, to visit Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden during its 25th Anniversary celebrations in June/July 2019, where he gained inspiration for the new rock garden at Birmingham BG.
Timothy Shaw, a 1st year apprentice at Kew, to follow in the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin through the Ecuadorian Andes in July 2019.
Jamie Todd, an horticulturist at the University of Oxford Botanic, to join an excursion to the Spanish side of the Western Pyrenees to observe and study the abundant range of endemic flora of that region. July 2019
Ellen O'Connell, a Kew student studying for a Specialist Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture, to gain work experience as a volunteer at the High Line public park in New York in June 2019
Chris Brown, senior gardener at Gravetye Manor, to botanise in the Yunnan district of China and to follow in the footsteps of Joseph Rock.
May/June 2019.
Alice McKeever - an apprentice at Kew, to explore the ancient woodlands of the UK to research how trees, their understorey and fungi interact and what horticulturists can learn from her findings. June 2019.
Ben Warren and the Formal Team at Wisley to take a critical look at the classical gardens of Italy and bring home a few ideas for the borders at Wisley. April 2019
Lee Behegan, Anna Mortimer, Daniel Jones, Sam Hoey and David Pearce, all RHS Level 3 Diploma students working at RHS Wisley, to botanise and study Mediterranean plants in cultivation and in the wilds of Andalucia. March 2019.

...in 2018

Harry Baldwin & Tom Fry to attend the 9th International Oak Society Conference at UC Davis Arboretum California in October 2018. The report covers two organised conference tours around Sierra Nevada and Cascades to identify as many Californian Quercus spp as possible. The report includes comprehensive, illustrated profiles of some of the Quercus species seen in California.
Victoria Ind, to discover the Fynbos on her personal and professional journey to South Africa. The trip has cast new light on her work at Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford. September/October 2018.
Colin Skelly to travel from the Eden Project, where he works as a horticulturist, to attend the Beth Chatto Symposium, ‘Ecological Planting in the 21st Century’, held in August 2018.
Sophie Walwin, in her final year at Kew working to gain a Diploma in Horticulture, attend the Beth Chatto Symposium in August 2018, where she was inspired by talks from Olivier Filippi, Midori Shintani, Peter Korn and Keith Wiley.
Joseph Evans, as a 1st Year Apprentice at RBG Kew, to visit the North-East of England to study the endemic flora of Northumberland and the North Pennines; to look at invasive species and their impact on gardens. August 2018
Dexter Shallcross-Gage, as a 1st Year Apprentice at RBG Kew, to explore the range of tree and shrubs growing in different regions of the lesser Caucuses in Western Georgia. August 2018
Elie Wilms, a botanical horticulturist apprentice at Kew, to travel to Yunnan, China, on his travel scholarship. Here he spent time at Kunming Botanical Gardens and went on to botanise in the regions of Fugong, Dimaluo and Nu mountains and the Kawa Karpo National Park. 2018.
Kit Murphy, in his 1st year studying for a BSc in Horticulture & Landscape Garden Management at Askham Bryan College, to visit, over the summer of 2018, horticultural gardens and ecosystems in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia as well as some here in England.
Daniel Rosenberg, who was studying for a Special Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture at Kew, to make a study tour of Italian Renaissance Gardens. Share Dan’s experience as he starts his journey in Rome visiting, inter alia, Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, before heading for Florence and the Medici gardens. July 2018.
Eliot Barden, during his final year as a Kew Diploma student, to study British native orchids in their natural habitats in Dorset. July 2018.
Andrea Topalovic-Arthan to study the diverse wildflower meadows in different regions of Kyrgyzstan. June/July 2018
Max Guzzetta, explore the Norwegian Landscape to understand its influence on Nordic garden design and landscape architecture. June 2018
Helena Davies, as a project, to buy plug perennials to raise for planting in her therapy garden, Nurturenature, and to sell at its Plant Fair to raise money for the running of the garden. April 2018.
Ana Oliviera, a Diploma student at Kew, to visit Japan on a travel scholarship, where she considered whether the principles of their historic garden design could be applied to contemporary gardens. Spring 2018.

...Even Earlier Reports

Richard Holman, Gardener at NT Trelissick, Cornwall, to visit the high-altitude regions of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur in NE India to see many hardy herbaceous plants in their natural habitats and which are grown in British gardens. November 2017
Lucy Bell & Maija Ross to visit Germany and the Netherlands to study herbaceous perennial displays to aid their work on the long borders at Kew. Their visit included being welcomed by Piet and Anja Oudolf  to their home at Hummelo. September 2017.
Kate White, Head Gardener at Cowden Castle, Scotland, to visit Japanese Gardens in the London area (incl. Kew) as part of her research to restore the Japanese Garden at Cowden. Autumn 2017
Ben Meumann, an Apprentice in Horticulture at RBG Kew, at the end of his 1st Year of study for a Kew Diploma, to visit Berlin Botanic Gardens to see how it sets its priorities and manage its plant collections and how they compare to those at Kew. Summer 2017.
Matthew S Jackson in his 3rd Year of a BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship, in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and Scottish Rural College, to take part in a multinational expedition to Nepal in August 2017
Eliot Barden, a 2nd Year Kew Diploma student, to visit Botanical Institutions, National Parks and Biological Reserves of central and southern Chile where he observed the growing conditions, seed collection and propagation of endemic tree and shrub species. July 2017.
Harry Baldwin during his 2nd year study for a Kew Diploma, to visit the coniferous, biodiverse hotspots along the west coast of America where he met up with, inter alia, curators at Hoyt Arboretum, Peavy Arboretum and San Francisco Botanic Garden in May 2017.
Sophie Walwin, a 2nd Year Kew Diploma student, to visit botanic and public gardens in mid-western and eastern USA to study the relationship between horticultural displays and interpretation, looking at best practices in the USA compared with UK gardens. May 2017
Kathryn Braithwaite 'New Orleans: After the Storm'  2014







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