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Garden Podcast: John Wyer

On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:

John Wyer is one half of one of the UK’s finest landscaping and design companies Bowles and Wyer. On this episode of the garden podcast and with much thanks to London College of Garden Design, the legend sits for a chat with Peter Donegan.

When I asked John for a biography, he gave me two:

John started his working life in the mud on site, before studying landscape architecture at Manchester Polytechnic, qualifying in 1983. He has worked in garden design and landscape architecture ever since, running Bowles & Wyer for the last 25 years or so. He is a strong believer in collaboration and speaks regularly and widely at industry and other events. According to his profile, he ‘eats, drinks and sleeps good design.’

And secondly:

John was born on the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous many years ago. After studying cycling and cookery for several decades and working in a fulltime position colouring-in, he switched to the landscape industry in 1977, first working on site before studying landscape architecture and mixing up concrete in the holidays. He set up Bowles & Wyer in 1992 and now spends most of his time pretending to tell others ‘Why don’t you do it like this instead?’.

Above all things, John Wyer is an absolute gentleman. And there again exists the respect for the man and secondary, for the spaces that he creates.

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