A new balance
I left Chelsea Physic Garden just over two years ago now but I found myself back there again this week helping out on a part-time, freelance basis. The period in-between has passed with frightening speed. Going back, it almost feels like I never left. I’m not entirely sure whether this is a good thing or not! I do know it feels good to be back working in a garden – and CPG is such a special little place in the middle of the bustling city it would be hard to find a better place to do it. Things haven’t exactly stayed still though. However familiar it feels changes are afoot in the garden. There’s a new head gardener, Nick Bailey (tipped as ‘one to watch’ by the Guardian in their Gardens Hot List in February of this year) and Christopher Bailes has just started as the new curator (previously curator of RHS Rosemoor). More than this, there are some exciting plans in the pipeline – all aimed at making the garden more accessible for visitors. Not only in terms of the use of space but also making it easier for visitors to understand the story of the garden. This can only be good news as there is such a wealth of history lurking in the garden and so many plants with fascinating tales itching to be told. The biggest difference for me though is that, this time around, I am part time and freelance. It means I am combining my freelance magazine/writing work, time at home and now – by pure fortune – I also have time doing some gardening work. Even if it only lasts for a short while I finally have some of that elusive balance I’m always seeking.
(All images are from 2008)