Simon joined the Garden as Curator in July 2011.  He originally trained as a geologist and was previously Curator of Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight.  His horticultural career spans 33 years and includes commercial horticulture, a parks apprenticeship, the Kew Diploma, 7 years as Supervisor of the Temperate and Arboretum Nurseries at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and 23 years in his current post. During his career he has travelled extensively on plant collecting trips, especially to oceanic islands and the Southern Hemisphere.  Simon has been tour leader for numerous garden tours at home and abroad, including North America, South Africa, New Zealand and much of Europe. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and was one of the founder members of the Plant Collection Network of Britain and Ireland.

Simon’s remit at the Garden includes managing the plant collections and the horticulture team.  It now also extends to include oversight of the entire estate including the farm, as well as education matters.  Wide-ranging liaison with international collectors and collections as well as growers and horticultural education establishments are encompassed in his role.  More recently he has been a key contributor to the major pan-Wales Growing the Future Project based at the Garden and to developing the long-term strategic Master plan for development of the Garden site.

Simon Goodenough is our Curator of Horticulture. You can contact Simon on 01558 667120 or email