Join our experienced team as a volunteer and help us re-imagine new borders and vistas




Janet Queen

Janet Queen was born in Oban on the west coast of Scotland. After working in gardens in Perthshire she studied horticulture for three years at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Formerly a head gardener with the National Trust for Scotland, and on private estates in Northamptonshire and the Outer Hebrides, Janet now lives in Cumbria, northern England. As well as maintaining Rose Castle garden, she works as a garden writer, contributing regularly to magazines and newspapers.  She is also developing her own garden in Lunigiana, northern Italy.

Janet has a prolific photographic collection taken over many years at Rose Castle. We are so indebted to her, for giving us unlimited access to her quality photographs of Castle and Gardens which are  used throughout this website, as well as keeping the gardens in shape and preserved for generations to come. Thank you Janet!


Ivy clearing1

Clearing the ivy is just one of many jobs that our small garden team undertake through the annual cycle of growth and subsequent pruning around the acres of gardens.




Our Garden Team

The Rose Castle Gardens have benefited over the centuries from many green-fingered Bishops, residents, staff and volunteers who have each given their passion, knowledge and skill to the gardens' welfare. 


Volunteers are much needed today as we offer fresh opportunity to people of all ages to re-access the Rose Castle Gardens and contribute their time and passion on a regular basis.


Help us to re-imagine the gardens once again!


Contact us about volunteering in the Gardens