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The Big Little Interview – Noemi Mercurelli

Landscape designer, Noemi Mercurelli, currently works at PC Landscapes and was one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation – Class of 2016. She retrained as a garden designer in the UK after obtaining a degree in Applied Bioecology in Italy.  She previously worked for Bestique and Ann-Marie Powell Gardens on projects ranging from a 4 storey living wall at The Strand to the new kitchen and wildlife Gardens at RHS Wisley, before joining award-winning PC Landscapes in 2019. 

If you weren’t in the horticulture industry, what would you be doing?

I would be a plant taxonomist. Or a superstar.

Other than the UK, which landscape inspires you the most?

Iglesiente (Sardinia, Italy). The rugged, post-industrial landscape never fails to amaze and inspire me.

What would you blow your budget on?

Huge specimen trees and a mind-blowing Corten feature. Well lighted.

 

The one person in the industry you’d love to meet?

Thomas Rainer, author of Thomas Rainer, author of ‘Gardening in a Post-Wild World’.

 

One thing that you think would make the industry better?

And more dialog between the LI, BALI, SGD and the RHS.

 

Best piece of trivia you know?

Giuseppe Verdi was rejected from the Milan Conservatory for ‘lack of talent’, Albert Einstein flunked the entrance exam to the polytechnic school, and Carlo Scarpa wasn’t allowed to practice architecture independently. Clearly, talent doesn’t correlate with test scores.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Julie Andrews.

What three things would you take to a desert island?

Pencils, seeds, and my FELCO 12.

Your favourite joke?

What did Britain say to its trade partners? See EU later!

 

Karaoke song of choice? 

Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

 

Favourite chocolate bar?

The one locally produced, ethically grown and unwrapped. Still haven’t found it!

Favourite flower/plant?

Lilium pancraticum

 

Any Christmas traditions?

Cooking litres of besciamella sauce with my other half while sipping wine.

Favourite part of a Christmas dinner?

Grandma’s lasagne. And Brussel’s sprouts.

 

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