Explore The Gardens,
at The Tawny
Take a Stroll
Let our fabulous Head Gardener share his passion for horticulture as you explore the incredible 70 acre estate and gardens together.
Jonathan and his team are reinvigorating the gardens; gently coaxing them into the next chapter of their evolution, always respectful of what is already there and William Podmore’s original vision for the estate.
Join him on a journey of discovery as you learn more about the biodiversity of the gardens, discover hidden follies, revel in nature’s wonder and learn about the native wildlife.
£80 For Two Guests
£150 For Four Guests
It's a 2 hour tour available Monday to Friday, exclusively for residents of The Tawny.
Meet Our Head Gardener
Jonathan began his professional life more ‘on the boards’ than in the borders, training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked as a professional actor for 15 years before retraining in something he was equally passionate about, horticulture.
While studying for his diploma with the RHS, he worked for a family-run plant nursery where his knowledge and passion developed. His hard work was rewarded when he was offered a place on the Historic and Botanic Gardens Training Programme at the award-winning Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire. A program run by English Heritage to help create the next generation of Head Gardeners.
At Trentham, Jonathan worked in gardens created by world-leading designers, such as Tom Stuart Smith, Nigel Dunnett and Piet Oudolf.
He was awarded an RHS bursary to travel to the U.S. working on The Highline, in New York and Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania.
Inspired and in love with the idea of making gardens people could enjoy, Jonathan took on the sole gardener position in a private Derbyshire garden before accepting the challenge of developing his own team, as Head Gardener at Fischer’s Baslow Hall, an award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant in the Peak District.
We are incredibly excited to welcome Jonathan to his new position as Head Gardener at The Tawny and we can’t wait to see how the gardens evolve under his care.
Waste Not, Want Not
Let Jonathan inspire you with his enthusiasm for composting! At its best, composting is an incredibly sustainable and ethical way to treat food waste and help fight climate change.
A properly managed compost system allows oxygen to move through the pile. That oxygen helps tiny microbes decompose food waste through a process called aerobic digestion. Aerobic microbes break down the waste and give off heat, in a well managed system the heat produced is enough to kill pathogens and weeds, eventually leaving you with a natural compost, rich with microorganisms and nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Getting a glorious compost heap established at The Tawny is just one of Jonathan's plans for the site.
"Wow! I felt like I fell into the TV and found myself in my own personal episode of Gardener's World when I was taken on a guided tour of The Tawny Hotel gardens by Head Gardener, Jonathan.
The 70 acres of beautiful gardens, pools and woodlands, punctuated by follies, in which The Tawny sits, are magnificent.
It was SUCH a thrill to learn about the exciting plans Jonathan has for the estate, which will see the gardens elevated to national significance.
If you are a garden geek like me, I highly recommend this tour with the wonderfully entertaining Head Gardener."