Top gardener heads up new school scheme

A gardener who has worked for royalty and leading politicians has launched a new venture in Nidderdale.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 11:52 am
Head gardener Dean Dean Bolton-Grant who is overseeing the new Northern School of Gardening, which is being hosted at the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, near Pateley Bridge. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

The Northern School of Gardening is headed by Dean Bolton Grant and has the exclusive use of the famous Yorke Arms in Ramsgill.

“We welcome keen home gardeners, allotment growers and those new to gardening,” said Dean.

“Whether you’ve had green fingers for years, or are just starting out, we will give you all the tips you need to get your garden growing.”

Dean Bolton Grant is one of the leading lights in gardening, having spent a lifetime immersed in the world of gardens and plants.

He first learnt his craft at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons as gardener in the famous kitchen gardens for Raymond Blanc.

Further afield he has spent time in Europe as gardener to the Queen of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace, a stunning Baroque palace.

Dean’s skill and love of his craft have taken him to the southernmost point of Europe, Malta, where he was responsible for the Presidential palace gardens, the Prime Minister’s official residence, and numerous key gardens on the island.

Dean, 46, who lives in Harrogate with his husband, Ben, has worked with the owner of the Yorke Arms, Jonathan Turner, for the past six years.

He was commissioned to continue the development of the gardens at the Michelin starred Yorke Arms and also consults on numerous private estates in the UK.

As director of the NSG, Dean is hands on, teaching a number of the courses based at The Yorke Arms, curating developments in the garden and inviting other renowned experts in the field of garden design and horticulture to share their knowledge and passion with the students.

The Northern School of Gardening offers a range of practical, informative gardening courses throughout the year.

All courses have the aim of inspiring guests, leaving them excited and armed with secrets of gardening and the enthusiasm to help transform their own gardens.

The gardening school’s courses are due to begin from June 23, two days after lockdown restrictions are expected to be fully lifted.