My name is Kenny. I am a just a gardener.
Sounds like a confession doesn’t it? Well it is…. well it isn’t…. well….
Read more…If you are finishing college soon, or thinking of coming into the world of horticulture, then consider this: yes we need brilliant designers and surveyors and landscapers and scientists and growers…… BUT we also need people to be just a gardener. People who don’t mind getting the bindweed and thistles out of the Eryngiums 6 months after the designer has cleared off and it’s raining and you’ve left your gloves at home (ok this MIGHT have happened to me).
There is a danger that newly qualified hortics are being led down a road that no one has built yet. I like pie, but not the type in the sky. Put simply, I fear our industry is going to end up heavily weighted towards great thinkers rather than great doers – we need both. I love to see new innovations, and I’m constantly amazed by the ingenuity and skill of our top designers, but our country is bulging with important historic gardens that also need care and attention. New and old both important to our heritage**
I’m lucky, I have outlets and opportunities to display my creativity, but for the most part I am just a gardener. An extremely well qualified one. A bloody good one. Probably the best in Europe (it was the world but they’ve found someone better in Bolivia – the bugger).
Just a bloody blissfully happy gardener.
(Did I mention that I’m just a gardener enough? Sure? I can go back and add some more in?)
Talk to me.
**sorry – was trying to avoid the ‘H’ word.
Go follow Kenny on twitter! NOW! @thehappyG