My name’s Jose M Blas and I’m a landscaper.
Natural Recall interview
1. What do you do every day to express your elective affinity with nature, with the plants on your balcony, with the flowers that grow in your terrace or the trees in your garden?
In my case, everything about my work means I interact with plants on a daily basis. My affinity for them is based on the great respect I have for them, that I consider them the most evolved living beings, having spent more time on this planet and without forgetting that without them life wouldn’t be possible.
2. What is the plant that you like the most? Why you feel so attached to it?
To be honest this a very difficult question for me. As a landscaper, there are many plants that I consider contribute something attractive for me. I very much like Cupressus sempervirens, the symmetry of Araucaria, cherry blossom, the green and antiquity of ferns, the aesthetics of palms… and flower forms such as orchids really attract my attention, resembling a dove or a monkey, the tones of bromeliads, the evolution of carnivorous plants, which due to the poor soils in their habitat developed the ability to “hunt”, or the adaptation of aquatic plants on to terra firme changing even their morphology or creating a flower. All of that (and I am sure something has been left out!) means I couldn’t single just one plant out.
3.You’re leaving to a desert island and you can only take with you two things … and a plant. What would you put in your suitcase
If I had to take just two things to a desert island it would be my partner and my cat. With respect to the plant, I’d take a Ginkgo biloba, as it’s an authentic survivor (it was the first tree to flower after the Hiroshima atomic bomb). It has great adaptability, provides fruit, has therapeutic properties and can live to a 1000 years.
Jose M Blas
My name’s Jose M Blas and I’m a landscaper. Since I was young I’ve felt a strong bond with nature, having lived in an area close to parks and forests where I spent a lot of time playing and later running. In my teenage years, I had the opportunity to spend a summer as a forestry worker, felling dead trees and cleaning the forests of brush as part of a fire prevention programme.
This was my first job and fixed my career direction. Later, I decided to learn more about gardening and completed various courses which gained me various jobs in public gardens and later, maintenance and creating private gardens. After a long period in this position, I decided to go to Barcelona, where I still reside, and study landscaping. During this period I specialized in vertical gardens.
In addition, during these last few years, I have learnt a lot about plants, including aquatic species (fresh water), about which I developed a study on their adaptation to land. I am currently working on landscaping in all of its forms, be it a park, garden, a landscape in a terrarium or a vertical garden, including urban vegetable gardens.