Up close and personal with Grant Gove

TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS CONNALL OOSTERBROEK
Last updated on 15 November 2016

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.

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