Renowned Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow has appointed Alex Slazenger as its new Head Gardener. Slazenger has over 10 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, ranging from landscaping to estate garden maintenance. He recently completed a B.Sc. in horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, specialising in the tree collection at Powerscourt Gardens.
On his appointment Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate said: “The Head Gardener at Powerscourt is key to the ongoing success and development of Powerscourt Gardens and we are delighted to welcome Alex to the management team. He is already familiar with the detailed maintenance of the gardens having worked with the existing team for the last year replanting the magnificent double herbaceous borders. Alex brings not only great expertise and a love of the estate but also first class credentials from the National Botanic Gardens, as one of the top qualifying students from their horticultural degree programme.”
Alex Slazenger said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Head Gardener of Powerscourt Estate. It has been my goal since I started my horticultural career. I have a great love of the gardens and hope to share my passion for them with everyone that visits Powerscourt. It’s a fantastic challenge to both maintain and develop the gardens further and I am really looking forward to my new role.”
Alex will soon be a familiar face to visitors at Powerscourt as he will lead guided walks throughout the coming seasons highlighting plants and trees of interest and the best places to visit in the gardens.
Photo: New Head Gardener for Powerscourt Alex Slazenger pictured with Sabina Higgins