Richard Barley is Director of Horticulture for The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
Born in the Western District of Victoria, in Australia, Richard Barley pursued various roles in the agriculture sector before joining the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in 1980. From 1992 he moved into the role of manager and then director of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Melbourne garden site. He held this position until 2010, when he was appointed CEO of Open Gardens Australia.
In 2013 he moved to the UK to taking up the new position of Director of Horticulture for The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew with responsibility for overseeing the management of Kew’s botanic garden and arboretum, display glasshouses, nurseries and the School of Horticulture. His role was expanded in 2015 to include Kew’s Learning and Participation, and Visitor Operations activities. Richard has had responsibility for various improvement projects at Kew since arriving, including the major restoration of the Temperate House, development of the Great Broad Walk Borders, the Children’s Garden and the Agius Evolution Garden (both opened in 2019).