Guy Menendez

guyaugHello: My name is Guy, being sole proprietor and worker of Virdigris Gardening. I prefer to undertake my own tasks rather than delegate, but I am happy to advise you when to hire other specialist people. My service is personal and based on your needs, so I like take the time to get to know you.

I have been actively continuously gardening for over 20 years both in the UK and North America, although at school I was allotted my first plot to garden over 40 years ago. Although my father was a plant geneticist/breeder, it was my mother who started me gardening for good, helping out in the garden of a 16th century house in the English Cotswolds.

As for influences, I lean towards sustainable gardening practices and look to create and care for gardens full of life, and pleasure for the senses.

My own current big project is managing and “developing”  (in a subtle manner) several acres of pasture, forest and woodland meadows. The key concepts are for low water usage, creating views, and encouraging wildlife. If I had unlimited time and money, my garden would likely be a cross between Rodmarton Manor in Gloucestershire, and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

I am based on the east side of central Vancouver Island, although I do travel further afield for special garden projects.

Relevant formal Qualifications:

  • B.Sc. (with Honours) Environmental Biology from Oxford Brookes University, UK, for example including Soil Types and Their Management, The Water and Mineral Relations of Plants, Soils and Plant Growth, Soil Biology, Communities & Ecosystems, Pest Ecology and Control, etc.
  • Honours project on the integrated control of mite infestations in commercial greenhouses.
  • Ph.D. from University of Reading, UK, under a N.E.R.C. funded Scholarship, working on insect population biology.

Photography, Design and Gardening:

My photography turned commercial in the late 1990s, more recently expanding my garden activities by drawing on design and drafting skills first learnt while working as a kitchen designer some years previously. I have a separate non-commercial photography website at http://guymenendez.com

Professional Experience:

Home and Garden Services – Kitchen Designer & CAD Drafting – Photographer, Publisher and Gardener – Supply Chain Executive – Bookseller – Consulting Biologist – University Graduate Instructor.

Recent Posts

Seasonal Garden Sculpture: Woodperson Surprise and Hanging Tulips

Recently an old(ish) friend shared this photograph – and so for a change I am not using my own image – of a woodland garden sculpture, from a place in North Devon, England, called Broomhill Sculpture Park. It could be quite a shock to the system if unexpected, but a great example how off-season interest can be introduced into a garden. I will not add any more, except if I knew the artist, I would name them. It is a wonderful photograph too.

Photo: Sharon Murray. Broomhill Sculpture Park.

Photo: Sharon Murray. Broomhill Sculpture Park.

This garden sculpture theme ties in nicely with a current experiment of mine to make moss hanging baskets to provide winter greenery in our locally cool temperate and very wet winter climate. For the hanging baskets, then the plan is for a spring surprise of bright vivid tulips that are hanging high and out of the reach of the deer (who no doubt have also been waiting all winter for their spring candy snacks).

For background, the next photos are of the initial hanging tulips surprise: It was accidental as the bulbs were in-passing shoved into a hanging basket to keep them alive and then forgotten about.  The result should I hope be improved upon this coming spring, with wire baskets and cascading ferny mosses instead of plastic providing the winter interest. The tulip colours planned are also more volcanic.

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