This is the story of The Land Gardeners, creators of productive gardens and stunning bundles of cut flowers. Based in the original walled garden at Wardington Manor, The Land Gardeners have revived the tradition of working with the land to produce abundant, seasonal flowers for clients’ use in decoration, design and events. But for all the frivolous, bucolic beauty of the flowers, it is the productivity and the health of the soil that truly underpins The Land Gardeners’ philosophy.
A shared loved of learning about plants, soil and the creation of beautiful, productive, truly alive gardens inspired Elworthy and Courtauld to start The Land Gardeners in 2012. They decided to turn a neglected garden into a productive, commercial garden and in doing so learnt so much about old soil, new soil, planting, picking and potting hundreds of different flowers. This is a book about their story and a visual diary of everything they have learned.
Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld both trained and worked as lawyers before studying garden design. Henrietta went on to work with landscape and garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and then started her own garden design business. Bridget went on to study horticulture in London before spending three years back in her native New Zealand, where she grew peonies on the family farm, Craigmore, before moving to Wardington Manor. At The Land Gardeners, both Henrietta and Bridget now specialise in the design of productive gardens – particularly walled gardens. In conjunction with Innovative Farmers, they launched The Farm Project to make high-quality, microbially rich compost on a large scale, with the goal of empowering growers and farmers to do the same. Their book Clive Nichols English Gardens was published by The Land Gardeners Press in 2014.