Staff profile

Jill  Raggett

Dr Jill Raggett


Jill Raggett is a Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes at Writtle University College. She spends her time teaching. In addition she is an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada.


Jill Raggett started her working life started as a gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley, and later at the Savill Gardens, Windsor. After completing a horticultural qualification she became a lecturer and now spends more time ‘growing’ minds than plants. Jill has researched the history of horticultural education, and for her Doctoral thesis the emergence of the Japanese-style garden in the British Isles. In 2006 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship Award by the Higher Education Academy for innovative methods of enriching student learning. Jill values the opportunity her work allows for witnessing how students discover the transforming effect they can have on their environment, “much of my work is about encouraging people to make better spaces for everyone to enjoy”.


2006 University of York PhD in Architecture
1990 Thames Polytechnic MA in Education
1988 Anglia Polytechnic CNAA Certificate in Education
1982 Writtle College HND in Amenity Horticulture

2006 National Teaching Fellowship Award, The Higher Education Academy
2006 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Grant
2006 Japan Foundation Endowment Committee Grant
2004 Writtle College Fellowship
2004 Guest at Buckingham Palace Garden Party, recognition of work for the community of Essex
1995 Farmers Club Travel Scholarship
1985 Nuffield Travel Scholarship

Subject Areas

The traditional and contemporary use of plants in the garden and designed landscape
The arts in gardens and designed landscapes
The restoration and consevartion of historic gardens
Interpretation of gardens


Japanese-style gardens in Britain and abroad

Gardens as an expression of cultures

On-going Japanese-style Gardens in the UK

2008 ‘The teahouse and the pill box’, the Japanese-style garden at Hever Castle, Surrey, in collaboration with the Japanese Garden Society

2006 ‘Shadowy Figures’ Japanese Garden Designers in Early Twentieth Century Britain, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation & Japan Foundation Endowment Committee (University of Essex)

1999 ‘Wider View’, Environmental Art Project, Wysing Arts, Cambridge

1999 Historic Garden Restoration, Gatton Park, Surrey, Flashback TV

1995 Landscaping and Gardens in Japan, Australia and Singapore, Farmers Club Grant

1990 History of Horticultural Education (MA research)

1986 ‘Interpretation Techniques for Gardens in USA/Canada’, Nuffield Trust Grant