The evidence: The gardener's portable office
Saturday 03 April 1999
"As far as I'm concerned my Blundstone's (1) are the ultimate boot. They've even survived being caked in mud for three months as I couldn't face cleaning them. I always carry books with me - a Japanese one (2) as I was discussing an Oriental garden yesterday, Hillier's (3), which is sort of the gardener's bible and a book about Indo-Pacific diving (4), one of my passions. For me designing a garden is intuitive, I do lots of drawings (5) and artist's impressions. I can usually visualise what I'm going to do, but sometimes you need photos to remind you, so I always carry a camera (6). I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to computers. My laptop (7) is incredibly useful though. It has a brilliant program on it called `Perfect Plants' which allows you to show clients exactly what certain plants look like. Felco secateurs (8) are the samurai sword of gardening. I really felt I'd arrived when I got my first pair. I found this old tape measure (9) in a market. If it's become a little inaccurate over time, I don't mind. My dog Donald [too active to be pictured] comes everywhere with me. He does, however, have this incredible knack of lying across the only access area in a garden just when you need it. `Donald get out of the way' has become a bit of a mantra."
Interview by Aoife O'Riordain
Photograph by Dominick Tyler
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