“Just so magnificent. I love dipping in and out of these different, really quite intense worlds, which people have created within other worlds. It’s extraordinary to see how people adapt and live in these really quite extreme ways”.
~Christopher Bailey, former designer of Burberry, in Travel Almanac
“The milkweed pods are breaking, And the bits of silken down Float off upon the autumn breeze Across the meadows brown.” – Cecil Cavendish .
“At every step a different plant appeared; and it is not an exaggerated description if it should be compared to a botanical garden, neglected to grow in a state of Nature; so great was the variety everywhere.” ~ William Burchell
“Trying to make it look as if gardening is not happening particularly is a very tricky deception, full of contradiction since it is actually tuned up and put on steroids.”
~ Isabel and Julian Bannerman in Landscape of Dreams (Pimpernel Press 2016)
“Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.” – Karel Capek
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anaïs Nin
“If you could peel the years from a man’s life, as you do the leaves from a globe artichoke, you would find him having his happiest time between the ages of fifty and sixty-five. The awful anxieties of youth have resolves themselves–he no longer jumps at shadows…competitors are not treading upon his heels…achievement has not yet lost its glamour…ultimate success, glorious and satisfying, lies just around the corner….A golden, mellowing period which brings out all that is best in a man. Kindliness creeps incheerfulness spreads its warming rays; even a little humor….” ~ Reginald Arkell, Old Herbaceous (1950)
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda
“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher
Over the course of the next few weeks we will start sharing a new series we call Foreign Gardeners. This series focuses on six talented people who span the globe, from a Spaniard in California all the way to an American in Jordan, each one connected through their work to the horticulture world. They share the challenges and benefits of being a gardener abroad, the beauty of strange new landscapes and plants and some misconceptions about their new living environments. Their insightful answers and stunning photos just proves to us that life coupled with working with plants can take you just about anywhere you would like on the world stage. – Plinth et al.