Jonathan was principal cello with Camerata for thirty years, until he was diagnosed with the neurological condition focal dystonia, which left him unable to play the cello, but otherwise perfectly healthy. He decided to pursue a career in landscape design, and with funding from the Musicians Benevelent Fund, has been studying for a BSc in Garden and Landscape design at Reaseheath College, Nantwich. As part of his studies he entered a competition with the Royal Horticultural Society to design a garden for the 2013 Tatton Flower Show, and his design entitled 'Mu-No Thing' or 'Nothing' was one of only five chosen as part of the Galaxy category and went on to win a silver gilt medal.
Jonathan's design for the 2014 RHS Tatton Show is called De Musica Mundana. As Jonathan explains, 'The garden is a dramatic contemporary interpretation of the Four Elements, and is based on a plan of the same by the 17th century cosmologist Robert Fludd - 'De Musica Mundana'.'
The design aims to highlight the complexity and delicacy of the balance between the various elements in our environment, on which all forms of life depend. It features majestic Giant Redwoods growing from the charcoal remains of the fire needed to propagate them, wind turbine structures carrying Golden Hops into the air, a circular pool of water filled with Waterlilly varieties, and a seven foot diameter satellite image of the Earth displayed on a helium filled balloon.
You can see Jonathan's garden in all its glory at the RHS Tatton Flower show from 23 - 27 July. For more information click on the links below.
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