Julia Corden is the Explorers Garden’s Manager, a modern day plant hunter and international botanical guide.
Julia trained at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, achieving her diploma in horticulture. Following work in the South Island New Zealand, plant hunting travels through Hawaii, Delhi and Bangkok and restoration work on an East Sussex estate, she returned to Scotland to take over management of Explorers.
A hands-on manager, Julia leads a team of 42 volunteers. Together they make a formidable and dedicated force that both maintains and develops this special garden.
Julia also devotes some of her spare time to volunteer with The Scottish Rock Garden Club and is on the board of the Diana Aitchison Fund which supports courses of study and helps finance projects or trips pertaining to rock garden plants.
Her passion is the Blue Poppy of the Himalayas. Over the past decade she has worked tirelessly to collect and nurture, an impressive 32 cultivars giving Explorers 95% of the blue poppy cultivars list. This amazing achievement resulted in Explorers being awarded a National Collection Status from Plant Heritage and an RHS Partner status in 2016.