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
Gosh, never said that I’m ‘just a gardener’. I just get on and do it 😉.
It’s not my term. It’s sometimes used by people in the industry when we gardeners don’t fall into any of the trendy new job descriptions!
I’ve got to say that I agree entirely with Kenny on this (though I’m past being jealous of the skinny jeans brigade – too old). I can state quite proudly here that I AM JUST A GARDENER. A qualified designer, plantsman, soil scientist, arboriculturist, meteorologist, geologist, biologist, botanist and, on occasion, general dogsbody. They all add up to one generic title – Gardener.
It’s time to reclaim our title. Gardeners used to have a high position in society with the landed elite vying to secure the services of the best. Now you hear people saying they’re a horticulturist (acceptable) or a ‘land technician’ (not) or even a ‘Garden Designer’ (god forbid).
If you’re a gardener – say it loud and say it proud. It’s the best profession in the world.
Yes Gareth! That’ss exactly what I was trying to get across but you articulate it much better than me!