We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new gardener at Little Sparta, George Gilliland, to work alongside Ralph Irving, helping him with the many tasks involved while learning about the garden at the same time. He and Ralph are helping to develop the Conservation and Management Plan, which is being drawn up by John Phibbs of Debois Landscape, and which will, when it is completed, not only map the garden, but incorporate a complete history of its creation, development and realisation by Ian Hamilton Finlay.
George is a landscape gardener and designer, who has worked in several major gardens in the Scottish Borders. Before that, he was Gallery and Exhibitions Manager at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, and at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in Belfast.
Educated at the University of Ulster, Belfast, he did an advanced diploma in the history and theory of art and design, and his thesis was entitled Between Virtue and Revolution -- A Reading of the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay.
George began working at Little Sparta in February, and is writing up monthly reports on his experiences there.
Click here to read George's reports so far.