A stimulating tour of the Las Tenadas garden led by Fernando Martos, its creator.
Exterior and interior intermingle in this summer house where vegetation becomes one more element of its architecture. A collection of plants carefully chosen by the landscaper Fernando Martos share the limelight with solemn interiors, while the dim light that bathes the environment makes us forget the hottest summer.
Fernando Martos is a landscaper trained between Madrid and Yorkshire. His English influence is reflected in his work to which he adds Mediterranean elements. His experience and creativity have made him a benchmark in the world of landscaping.
YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE?
FM: The English garden, with its botanical richness, is what inspires me the most. Without losing the essence of the Mediterranean garden, which is shade, water and freshness, I try to make my gardens evolve and change throughout the seasons through plantations.
WHAT HAS NATURE TAUGHT YOU?
FM: I have always liked to observe nature from a very young age, I imagine that this has greatly influenced my work. I am passionate about the relationship between fauna and flora and I try to transfer that to my gardens, a butterfly or a bumblebee in the garden seems as interesting or more than a flower. I also plant trees to attract birds or other animals, for example.
The English garden, with its botanical richness, is what inspires me the most. Without losing the essence of the Mediterranean garden, which is shade, water and freshness.
WHERE DO YOU EXPERIMENT SO YOU CAN TEST THE EVOLUTION OF PLANTS AND SEE HOW THEY FIT TOGETHER?
FM: Each garden is different, so the selection of plants is also different. There is always room for some experimentation in every project and to evolve.
IS THERE A LOT OF OUR NATIVE FLORA IN YOUR GARDENS OR DO YOU BRING MORE FROM OUTSIDE?
FM: The native flora is very important and there is always a base in each garden. However, sticking only to the autochthonous seems very limiting to me. There are many plants from similar climates that enrich the garden and prolong blooms.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE THE PERSONALITY OF YOUR GARDENS?
FM: Each garden adapts to the place it belongs to and should take on a different personality. The Romans called him genius Loci, the genius of the place.
Each garden adapts to the place it belongs to and should take on a different personality. The Romans called him genius loci, the genius of the place.
A TIP FOR STARTING FROM SCRATCH?
FM: Much patience! Gardening is a complex world and knowledge comes after a lot of work and time.
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