And the inspiration for the garden? I love gardens, large and small. When I was beginning Eden’s Garden I had just read a book about the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall and how Heligan was brought back to life after being abandoned when the gardeners went off to fight in the First World War. There was no way that was going to stay out of my book!
The other garden inspiration was Brondanw, the home of the creator of the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion, Clough Williams-Ellis. Plas Brondanw is near Portmeirion in southern Snowdonia, and although on a much smaller scale, it has the same quirky touches and a beautiful selection of plants.
And then there is my own garden, halfway up a Welsh mountain, protected by the stone walls of surrounding sheep fields. It maybe part wild and often overgrown, but it has always been my sanctuary and my refuge, my place of healing and of inspiration.