New gardening friends in Sweden and Germany
On my last trip to Europe in April, I had the pleasure of meeting two exceptionally talented and productive gardening communicators — Nina Bergstrom, who writes for Expressen in Sweden, and Andreas Modery, TV and radio gardening presenter based in Munich, Germany.
Both of them spend a lot of time telling people about the latest gardening trends and new plant introductions.
Nina writes a regular feature for Expressen, the popular Stockholm-based tabloid with a long and sometimes controversial history. She also writes a gardening blog, which you can see by going to blogg.expressen.se/tradgard/
Andreas Modery is one of Germany's most delightful gardening characters. The title of his show translates into Mo’s Green World or Mo’s Gardening World.
I would love him to come here and be a speaker in Vancouver. His enthusiasm for gardens is infectious and, even though his English is sometimes limited to "Wow, colour, structure - fantastic!" and such excited descriptions of a garden scene as "Here you have it all -lights, action, stupendous!" he manages to communicate beautifully straight from the heart with charm and passion.
You can learn more about him at his website, www.mos-gruene-welt.de/, where he has very generously found a place to feature my In the Garden webpage and blog.
I'm still interested in looking for a way to bring Nina and Andy to Vancouver to see gardens on the West Coast. I know that they are both very hard working journalists who would take back to Sweden and Germany wonderful stories and images of our horticultural scene.
I think it would do Vancouver a lot of good in terms of tourism. I did ask Tourism B.C. if it was interested in helping me to sponsor them, but budgets are tight and so this, at the moment, is not an option, but I think it would be great sometime in the future to put together a little tour for some of Europe’s top garden writers and broadcasters. I know there is so much for them to see here. And I have already received plenty of invitations to tour private gardens.
Meanwhile, I intend to keep in touch with Andy and Nina to see if we can share more information about gardening trends and ideas.