Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017: 5 minutes with Jinny Blom

Garden and landscape designer Jinny Blom will be speaking at next year's Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March 2017. She set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Here you can read more about Jinny's love of gardens and her talk at the festival. 


Jinny Blom set up a landscape and design practice in 2000, having previously followed a career as a psychologist. Her gardens are defined by beautiful craftsmanship and intelligent planting. She has worked on projects in the UK, Italy, the USA and Kenya.

Ahead of her talk, 'Here and there' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017 in March, Jinny explains her love of gardens and garden design and tells us what it is that she's looking forward to most at the festival. 






Q: What is it about gardens and plants that you love?
A: I’ve always loved plants. I started by loving nature and the wilderness and gradually this turned into a love of garden plants. Structured spaces filled with plants are very satisfying to me and I very much enjoy creating them. I enjoy creating the architecture of a garden and then planting it.

Q: Who or what inspires your approach to garden design?
A: So much that I encounter inspires me; all the creative arts have a part to play.

Q: Is there a style of planting you particularly love? Name a garden or place where this style can be seen.
A: I would like to be able to take everyone back in time, to when Lawrence Johnston first planted Hidcote. He had a masculine yet romantic response to planting design that I admired greatly.

Q: What one plant could you not be without in your garden?
A: A vast clump of Crinum powellii of a great age.

Q: Why should more people be encouraged to take up gardening?
A: The answer to this runs to pages but in brief; health, socialising, science, productivity, cut flowers, vegetables, fruit, herbs, nature, recycling, groovy tools, cultural visits, cross generational relationships, cross cultural relationships, animal husbandry, art… Gardens and gardening are at the root of culture all around the world.

Q:  The Gardens Illustrated Festival is in March - right at the start of the gardening season. Name an essential task we should be doing in our gardens in March?
A: Finish up all pruning, get hoeing the beds and weeding, plus mow the grass if it's warm enough and get the greenhouse ready for the explosion of spring.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017?
A: It’s going to be a fantastic social event and a chance to bunk off work and see old friends, eat great food and do some shopping!

Q: Which talk would you most like to go to yourself?
A: Marina Christopher, without hesitation. Marina is the backbone of research and production of unusual and garden-worthy plants that find their way into designers schemes. All my RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens have been made more interesting by her finds. Plant people of her calibre are rare and precious.

Q: What can we expect from your own talk?
A: A trip to places far (Kenya) and near (Oxfordshire) to look at the process of landscaping rather than the end result!


Jinny is a garden and landscape designer. She writes regularly for Gardens Illustrated and in the December 2016 issue (241) she takes a rare break from work and takes pleasure in reviewing her top desert island books.

Jinny will be talking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March 2017, which takes place at the magnificent Westonbirt School, close to the market town of Tetbury. You can book tickets to her talk, 'Here and There' at






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