People with plants

Why do people garden? I have found that asking a gardener this question tends to result in a surprising answer: none. They like gardening but struggle to explain why. 

Therefore, to find an answer, I write about people with an interest in plants. Their gardens don’t have to be big or grand. They don’t even have to have a garden in the traditional sense at all. 

What I am interested in is their individual approach, for instance how they select and care for their plants, what they enjoy most about it or how they deal with adverse conditions. And somewhere in those portraits there might be a hint to why people garden.

Sibylles Garden

Sibylle’s stylish oasis

Sibylle’s garden could easily fill the cover of an upmarket style magazine. She has created the most luxurious, harmoniously balanced scene. There are a few flowers here and there, but green is the predominant colour. From the lower perennials to the climbers and not least the leaves of the Gleditsia, all foliage looks like it has been meticulously painted with a very fine brush.

Pam-and-Joanna

Pam and Joanna’s garden

As I get a first look around the corner, I am stunned. Like a wide amphitheatre, a rock garden curves around a patio at the back of the house. A steep slope has been shaped into two massive terraces, their sides held by well placed boulders. This is a plant show of dramatic proportions.

Thomas

Thomas and his houseplants

“Houseplants are bought for aesthetic reasons, but then plastic flowers could have replaced them long ago,” reflects Thomas, “So there must be some reason why we think a real flower is more positive than a plastic flower.”