WHO?: JAMES HITCHMOUGH WHY? Because he brings botanical observation from plant communities in wild places into experimental and successful planting mixes in UK. This defeats the drear in public spaces: take the planting…
WHO? Antony Gormley WHY? For his exploration of the space that a body occupies.
WHO? Martha Schwartz WHY? Transforming urban spaces and attitudes to them. Look out for Massar Children’s Discovery Centre, Damascus opening 2012.
WHO? Carol Klein WHY? Artist and plantswoman extraordinaire.
WHO? ANTONY GORMLEY WHY? Because his installation at White Cube, Mason’s Yard was the coolest thing I saw last month.
WHO? THIERRY HUAU WHY? This man is behind the rebuilding of Beirut.
WHO? BETH CHATTO WHY? As Vidal Sassoon was to hairdos so Beth Chatto is to the garden.
WHO? Richard Mabey WHY? Because he has championed our native flora and fauna. He writes beauttifully and makes me feel shivery with excitement about our British natural history.
WHO? Dan Pearson WHY? Because he is articulate, a top notch plantsman and good looking too. He walks quietly through the landscape and takes what he sees in nature as the inspiration for his garden making.