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5 Tips from a master gardener

Guru of greenery Athol McLaggan's brilliant outdoor advice

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5 Tips from a master gardener
5 Tips from a master gardener
1

‘I have only met gardens that have been encouraging and quick to forgive my mistakes. In a world that demands a façade of constant perfection, gardens gently remind me that it is only by failing that you learn to do things better and more importantly, to do things differently’

2

‘As you grow older and mature as a gardener you realise that gardening
is more about observing than controlling’


3

‘As you grow older and mature as a gardener you realise that gardening
is more about observing than controlling’

4

‘I love simple plants.
Plants that are willing, hard-working and grow easily from seed or cutting. I
always look around to see what is growing happily and without help in the area I’m
working and then incorporate those plants into my palette’


5


‘The compost heap should be the focus of every garden. It should be
celebrated, in full view- and not hidden away in the back corner. The act of
making compost reflects the rhythm of our own lives’


Photographs: Elsa Young