Q&A with Judith Wade

CEO of Great Gardens of the World and Grandi Giardini Italiani

Rado True x Great Gardens of the World
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Great Gardens of the World: Gardens are a living form of art, which condenses time and space. From ancient times to contemporary gardens, from castles to roof terraces, here is a selection of the most inspiring places in the world. Where love for art meets love for nature. The project is growing every day. Rado just released the Rado True x Great Gardens of the World and with the occasion was organised a Q&A session with Judith Wade, CEO of Great Gardens of the World and Grandi Giardini Italiani.

1. What do gardens and time have in common?
Every plant needs time to grow, some trees take over 200 years to grow to its full height.

Rado True x Great Gardens of the World
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2. Tell us more about the Great Gardens of the World organisation.
Great Gardens of the world, created with Rado, hopes to be of inspiration for people who love and respect nature and have interest in gardens. The website describes over 200 gardens in 27 countries. Great Gardens of the world is a precious showcase for what mankind has created in his natural environment.

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3. What is the purpose of the collaboration between Rado and Great Gardens of the World?
Rado and Great Gardens of the world have put together two worlds connected to design. Man designed gardens for centuries, Rado captures in modern design the essence of man’s long relationship with nature.

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4. Which one is your personal favourite garden?
The one I will discover tomorrow.

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5. Did you have any personal connection to Rado before this project?
Rado supported Grandi Giardini Italiani, a network that represents the finest gardens in Italy and Gardens of Switzerland. Our partnership goes back in time when very few companies were aware of the importance in our lives that plants and gardens have.

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6. Do you have a garden?
To have a garden you need time. I spend my time promoting the knowledge of over 300 gardens so my garden will have to wait. I grew up in a garden in Scotland and then one in Rose Bay Australia and had a much loved garden in Italy. All three different, in different climates and in a different part of my life.

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7. What qualifications must a garden meet in order to be included in the Great Gardens of the World?
I have selected gardens from all over the world that I think must have characteristics that could be of interest for garden lovers worldwide. That means all the gardens are different from historical gardens to modern gardens including some of the most spectacular follies. I also selected some of the most prominent landscape architects. People who design gardens with a vision and imagination are fundamental in order to understand the new trend in garden design.

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8. Historically, gardens were reserved for the upper classes, how has that changed?
In the past gardens were commissioned by the rich and powerful. They were made basically to show off their status. Today anyone can create their own garden, a very special place, a place of leisure and beauty.

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