Posted: 01/11/2016 at 07:12
Hello - random thought but I'm curious as to what folks think.
I've just received 'The Book' - a new John Lewis bit of marketing. Flicking through it over breakfast and came to page 22. It is a short biog of an impressive lady called Hay-Joung Hwang who is defined as 'The Gardener'. It shows a small picture of Hay's 2016 RHS Chelsea garden and goes on to describe qualifications, gardening style and planting recommendations. All very impressive stuff.
My initial thought was wow, this lady's garden must be amazing. But then it goes on to ask about Hay's own garden, and says; Alas, Hay only has a small roof terrace in south london'.
To me, it's a bit like a chef not having a kitchen at home. How on earth does this lady do it? Even with training and qualifications, is it really possible to know gardening and be a professional gardener without a garden? Even if it's just a small one?
As someone who has gardened for years, I still feel like I learn something every time I'm in my garden.
Perhaps some people are just gifted and don't need the daily / weekly lessons from their own garden. Or perhaps Hay gets to see so many gardens that having her own isn't important. Lots of people who love gardening do so on balconies etc after all.
But would you really trust in the longevity of a garden designed by a professional gardener without a garden?
Just a curious thought.