Mission

'To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts.' - Henry David Thoreau

JamesMcGrath

      A New York City native, I studied fine arts & applied those skills to my horticulture work, giving a great advantage for translating ideas into opportunities in the different countries I have been lucky to live.

Drive, skill & adaptability allowed me the opportunity to be the head horticulturist for the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, as an urban gardener in NYC, London, Madrid & in historic gardens such as Great Dixter, Gravetye Manor & DeWiersse.

Passionate about horticulture, the natural landscape and the arts, I also write,  practice photography and make arrangements with plants and flowers both in and out of the garden,  My true enjoyment is being in a good garden while losing myself in the tasks that come with the cycle of the seasons.  I've always believed that the work of a good gardener should seem as if the plants have never been touched by human hands and William Robinson is one of my garden heroes.

Garden work:  England, Israel, Holland, Spain,  and the U.S.

Writing:  Country Life, The Garden Edit & Plinth et. al

Photography: The Garden Edit, The Germ (3,4), DeWiersse Garden & 'Lives of the Great Gardeners' by Stephen Anderton

Lecture: Garden Style Conference, Lithuania, Longwood Gardens & Jerusalem Botanic Garden

Images © Selvaspina, 2017; unless credited otherwise.

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