Photos by Javier Mariátegui
It was not by chance nor by a trick of fate that Javier Mariátegui dedicated himself to gardening. He grew up among gardens.
Both his grandmothers were gardening enthusiasts, one of them, the Marchioness of Casa Valdés wrote Jardines de España, which describes the history of Spanish gardening from Roman times to the present day. This book continues to be a reference for all lovers of this particular field of History and Art.
This enthusiasm was passed on to him by his parents. From his earliest years he began making his own gardens, by re-using those plants discarded by his father.
He studied landscape gardening and design at Castillo de Batres Gardening School in Madrid, which he followed by working in England as a gardener. Back in Spain, he created the Jardines de España nursery, which looks after and employs handicapped children, with whom he first started making gardens.
For the last thirty years, he has been designing and building gardens across Spain as well as in several other European countries. He has published numerous articles on landscape gardening topics in specialized magazines, and his work has appeared in the most prestigious publications.