Up close and personal with Grant Gove

We chat to landscaper Grant Gove who designed the Blair Athol garden featured in our March 2016 issue

Why did you choose this career?
I love plants and the idea of working with them and designing outdoor spaces really excited me.

Where did you study?
I studied at Pretoria Technikon, now Tswane University of Technology

If you weren’t a landscape designer what would you be?
An emergency paramedic, a drummer in a band or a world traveller.

Your decor style in three words
Farm-style, industrial, homely

Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?
Instagram and Facebook

Top tip for anyone wanting to be a landscaper?
Be passionate, learn and know your plants and understand scale in design.

What inspires you?
So many things! Car design, architecture, light. I love and always look at land forms, clouds, rocks, water, textures, plants and colour combinations – intricate details. Nature is so amazing and inspiring.

What’s the best thing you ever bought?
Plane tickets.

What’s your indispensable tool/accessory/gadget?
My left hand, my trusty clutch pencil and a piece of paper.

What’s your dream project?
Anything that challenges me to the point of questioning whether I can do this or not.