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PLANT POWER

GARDENER JOSEPH FORD REVEALS HOW BOTANY CAN SCULPT THE PERFECT BODY, AND WHY HIS DESTRUCTIVE ADDICTION TO SUGAR CHANGED HIS DIET FOR THE BETTER

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SHORTS > PRETTY GREEN

BOOTS & BELT > OLIVER SWEENEY

How long have you been a gardener?

My family has links to Great Dixter, a Tudor house in Kent with a famous 20th-century Arts and Crafts garden, where my grandfather was one of the gardeners and my grandmother was the housekeeper. I would like to think that some of that horticultural knowledge distilled down into me. My parents were also famers, and even after they sold the farm, I still had a real passion for plants, particularly orchids, that grow in our woodlands. I went to college in Lewes to study general horticulture and that was, gosh, nearly half my life ago. Since then I have trained with the Royal Horticultural Society and done conservation work in Ecuador. I have honed that experience and now run my own consultancy business. I do everything from complete garden makeovers to acting as head gardener for an existing garden. I also lecture and do horticultural tours.

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