NZ House & Garden - - GARDENS -

Most sig­nif­i­cant plant: The trees. Three gi­ant Mag­no­lia gran­di­flora, Ir­ish yews, karaka, English beech. This gar­den would be noth­ing with­out them; with them, it’s won­der­fully over­scaled with tiny court­yards. Favourite new plant: The podophyl­lum. Ex­pen­sive and slow to grow but its leaves are a kalei­do­scope. Most-used tool: Se­ca­teurs to keep things in trim. I al­ways buy cheap ones be­cause I lose them all the time. Best tip for other gar­den­ers: Spend money on beau­ti­ful soil and good prepa­ra­tion.

I like to: Prop­a­gate my own plants. If you’ve got some­thing un­usual, spread it around among other gar­den­ers to en­sure its sur­vival.

Hours spent in the gar­den: Some­times all day but I av­er­age four hours a week.

Martin Keay

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