We talk to Andrew Turvey Head Gardener at Hatfield House about his passion for gardens, inspiration and The Game Fair…
What inspired you to take your career path?
Since seeing a television program on the lost gardens of Heligan I knew I wanted to restore gardens. The gardens truly were lost, buried under bramble and ivy when it’s workers were conscripted during World War I. In the 1990’s these once glorious gardens were brought back to life in every sense to tell, the tales of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War. The program inspired me at the age of 13, and my path was set.
What areas of Hatfield Park do you most admire?
I don’t have a favorite however the area I feel most relaxed in is the East Garden. The garden consists of a mixture of formal parterres, Maze, Kitchen Garden, Arboretum planting and it also features a water body called New Pond created in 1640’s. It is the presence of water that makes it special for me.