Jinny Blom is one of the leading garden designers in the UK. Her work regularly features in publications throughout Europe and the US and ranges from town gardens to vast country estates. She is renowned for her Chelsea show gardens and work with the royal family.
Previously a psychotherapist Jinny is also on the board of the U.S. Therapeutic Landscapes Network and a Brother of the Artworks Guild.
The Royals adore her, as do we.
1. What made you become a landscape designer?
Scottish Highland Estate
2. Where do you begin when planning a garden?
4. Can you tell us a little about your next project?
I'm just coming to the end of a vast project in Kenya in the Rift Valley, on a wild black rhino reserve, so mainly preoccupied with getting it done. It has been fascinating adapting to the area and the people. In the UK or US it takes a two man team with a massive machine to plant a big tree. In Kenya it takes 20 guys and they do it all with their bare hands, no tools and almost bare feet. It's a whole lot of fun! And then I've a beautiful project starting in the English countryside. I have about forty projects running simultaneously.
5. What’s the next big trend in gardening?
I think gardening is beyond trends... Thank God! It's just there to be enjoyed so I urge everyone to get out there and experiment.
6. Essential plant?
Where do I start? This year I'm planting lots of Echium wildpretii... I think they'd love NZ as they come from the volcanic Canary Islands.
7. Best piece of advice you've been given for gardening?
Learn to dig a hole properly. It's a matter of life and death.
8. Who’s your biggest inspiration
Any pioneer. Just do it!
See more of Jinny's work here www.jinnyblom.com