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The head gardener (also known as a curator) or as a Master Gardener is an individual who manages the staff of a large garden, landscape or park, such as a residential garden, botanical garden, theme park, public park, museum or roadside embankments and islands.
A head gardener's responsibility may therefore cross over into the managing of or communicating with individuals from other disciplines, such as landscaping, construction and cooking and not be limited to gardening, the activity of growing and maintaining the garden. A large or stately property may include several different types of garden, such as the formal garden (also English garden), lawns, white garden, Japanese garden, miniature or bonsai garden, tropical garden, cold climate garden, rockery, fernery, water garden, herb garden, orchard, and the management of related buildings and setups such as greenhouses (hothouses, glasshouses and shadehouses), water features and aquaria.