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Tom Hoblyn

Tom Hoblyn Garden Designer

Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Tom set up a successful garden design company in Suffolk. Last year he won his third consecutive RHS gold medal, this time at Chelsea Flower Show. Work takes him far and wide and he has just returned from India having begun work on a large landscape that forms part of the grounds for a Hindu temple.

  • Date Joined: 10 Mar 2009

Chinese restaurant

Posted by Tom Hoblyn on 15 May 2009 at 10:24 PM

Today we spent the whole day wading in the pond with rolled up trousers, planting up all the marginals. At first, the water seemed quite pleasant, but as the day wore on, so the chill set in and morale started to dip amongst my wonderful volunteer planters. Saggy trouser legs and other bits of clothing became wet, further exacerbated by the onset of rain at 6.00pm. I decided to call it a day before my volunteers became mutinous. As I made my way back to Sloane St tube, the phone rang with my hosts (who are bravely putting me up for the Chelsea duration) asking me to pop into their favourite Chinese restaurant for a bite to eat. I looked like an exceptionally muddy drowned rat and tried to back out due to my appearance but was persuaded otherwise on the grounds of needing a decent meal. The restaurant was rather smart and upon entry was reminded of that wonderful missing-the-dart-board-in-the-Slaughtered-Lamb-scene from An American Werewolf in London. Except this time it was chopsticks


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