6 TV cameras and 65 pressmen have come to the Queen’s Palace in Huistenbosch, Nagasaki, for the launch of the gardening World Cup. I’m there as one of the competitors, representing the UK. There are two other contestants from the UK, Andy Sturgeon and James Towillis, whose show gardens were close to mine at the Chelsea Flower Show in May (Andy won “Best in Show” for his garden). The gardening world cup is being organised by Ishihara Kazuyuki, Japan’s leading garden designer, who also had a garden at Chelsea this year (see my posting of May 8th, 2010). The event is a competition, to be held in October this year, where 12 gardeners will each build a garden on the subject of “World Peace”. The other competitors are from the USA, Canada, Holland, France, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.