Ulf Nord­f­jell Swe­den

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“My main point is that even if nat­u­ral­is­tic plant­ing is a trend, you should be very happy hav­ing the tra­di­tion of hor­ti­cul­ture that you do, be­cause I think it’s eas­ier to add eco­log­i­cal prin­ci­ples if you al­ready know the ma­te­rial well. Most land­scap­ers in other coun­tries do not un­der­stand plants as well as you do in Bri­tain. I thought the Olympic Park was a bril­liant project. It was quite mod­ern but also re­flected the his­tor­i­cal Bri­tish in­ter­est of in­tro­duc­ing plants from the whole world to Bri­tish gar­dens.

“Are the Bri­tish ob­sessed with ro­man­tic gar­dens? Stop wor­ry­ing! I think what is re­ally in­ter­est­ing in the UK is the wide range of plants you can work with. As long as you can en­cour­age young gar­den­ers, new di­rec­tions will oc­cur, be­cause some of those gar­den­ers are in the queue to be­come the de­sign­ers of the fu­ture. I don’t see any­thing like the range of in­ter­ests among de­sign­ers in the rest of Europe.

“Of course your her­itage can be a bur­den, but I would not be wor­ried be­cause there are so many dif­fer­ent groups of pro­fes­sion­als in the UK – plants peo­ple, univer­sity peo­ple, light­ing ar­chi­tects, wa­ter spe­cial­ists – who are re­ally in­ter­ested in gar­dens. That isn’t the case in many other coun­tries, I would say.

“I don’t think any other coun­try ex­ports their de­sign­ers in the way the UK does.”

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