Whilst working for the 14th year in a row with many of the Britain’s best-known garden designers (Carol Klein, Andy Sturgeon, Tomas Hoblyn, Jo Thompson, Nigel Dunnett, Catherine MacDonald, Paul Stone) at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, this time on Mark Gregory’s gold-winning and People’s Choice winner ”Welcome to Yorkshire” Garden, my own Roslings Manor Garden at home got neglected and taken over by buttercups.
However, although the garden designer in me might have been alarmed, as a horticulturist, environmental biologist and a member of the ”Fifth Dimension” research group of the University of Helsinki, I did not despair!
In the end it is all about natural biodiversity - letting the nature take its course, just as much in areas of your own garden as in urban greeneries.
It was an absolute delight, four years on from when I worked with Nigel Dunnett on the Barbican roof garden in London, to join Nigel again on site to witness, how the garden had bedded in - sustainable growth had been achieved with aesthetically pleasing choices!
I feel humbled by the experience of the many fascinating projects in which I have had the pleasure of participating, in the ”Alma Mater” of my horticultural skills, the UK and Northern Ireland.
I feel chosen by this occupation rather than the other way round. Working in teams of wonderfully skilled and passionate professionals has been a real privilege - I love my job!