Not many people at the age of 10 spend the money from their Saturday jobs on plants but Dan’s education and love affair with plants and planting started very early.
As we heard in Childhood he can easily identify his mentors and is very generous in his descriptions of who taught him what. Here Dan talks about the plantaholic Mrs Pomfrey and his introduction to the pioneering Beth Chatto and her ‘right plant, right place’ revolution. He describes this as making ‘total sense’ to him and reminds us of her place in gardening history and of how she was doing something new and extraordinary.
However almost more revealing in this film is the beginning of his awareness of reading landscape and his wonderful description of evening bike rides and the feeling of the cool of the hollows and the warmth and sun of open spaces. Dan’s ability to communicate makes us feel l like we are reliving these discoveries with him.