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Gardens for the Senses: The Influences of History and Family Values in My Gardens

March 28, 2017 | Javier Mariátegui

Santander, Spain. Photo by Javier Mariategui, August 2015.

For the last thirty years, Javier Mariátegui has been designing and building gardens across Spain and Europe. He comes from a family of gardeners and studied landscape gardening and design at Castillo de Batres Gardening School in Madrid. After working in England as a gardener he returned to Spain and created the Jardines de España (Spanish Gardens) nursery, which looks after, educates, and employs mentally handicapped children. He is the author of Gardens for the Senses and El Jardin de los Tapices (The Tapestry Garden), and has published numerous articles on landscape gardening topics in specialized magazines. His gardens, which are known for their creative use of water, were showcased in a series on Spanish television.