106 IS A MAN UP TO THE JOB? Troy Scott Smith, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent Since 1959, when Vita Sackville-West appointed her famous pair of ‘Mädchen’
gardeners, Sissinghurst has always been in the charge of women. Can a young family man really grasp the spirit of the garden?
124 SPACE FOR THOUGHT Lucille Savin, Merton College, Oxford
For centuries this garden has been a haven for great minds, from Nobel laureates to the creator of Middle-earth. But far from nodding to tradition, Lucille wants to make a garden relevant to modern times.
138 WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? Alistair Clark, Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries Alistair is the man charged with turning the cosmic speculations of his employer,
Charles Jencks, into more or less maintainable garden features. It has been an unusual and not always welcome career development for a man who set out to grow begonias.
154 MENDING WHAT IS BROKEN Carol Sales, Headley Court, Surrey
Carol’s task is to try to rebuild, as far as possible, the shattered bodies and minds of serving military personnel, notably those injured in Afghanistan, using gardening to begin the painful process of remaking lives blown sky-high.
170 PLANTING FOR POSTERITY Andrew Woodall, Broughton Grange, Oxfordshire
Andrew has long rubbed shoulders with the rich and the famous, from the world of rock music to the most glittering names in gardening. Now he is working on a project that will outlast them all.
186 THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Michael Walker, Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire Trentham Gardens have always been a tour de force, at the cutting edge of horticultural fashion. Once a showcase for the most celebrated head gardeners of the nineteenth century, its twenty-first-century reincarnation, overseen by Michael, is no less ambitious.