WIMBLEDON, England – Like many in tennis, Martyn Falconer wants to do his best when Wimbledon rolls around. Falconer's results at the contest this year, were 19th, “very good.”
“You want a year like this,” Falconer said in the past week. “This is one of the best ones, as everything seems to be hitting at the right time.”
As the leading gardener in All England Club, Falconer maintains vibrant colors throughout the grounds, decorating the various footpaths and promenades. This environmental minister is crucial to Wimbledon's desire to “present tennis in an English garden,” a target that reflects the national pride in horticulture dating back centuries.
But while the on-court tones are limited – Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event that requires players to take their vibrant grass courts in pan-white clothes – Falconer focuses on creating a colorful weighing for the surrounding scene.
Wimbledon's most iconic flower displays are hanging baskets of petunias, with over 200 on site, and impose the unsympathetic architectural elements on Falconer's call for “immediate impact”. . , bluey ”to suit the club's color scheme without being garish or attentive.
“You're just hanging baskets on a column, and it gives you something to look at immediately,” Falconer said. “It takes your eye out of a building. We are constantly striving to alleviate the landscape. ”
Other arrangements are more complex, with different leafy flowers and greens creating texture and painting the lands with bright, vibrant tones. The organisms placed at most intersections change, for example, color as they grow and as the pH of the soil changes.
“Because some of these beds are concentrated, if you went with something garish it would be like a sharp thumb,” he said. “You only need to choose your places if you want to use large colors.”
There are many areas to be covered on the 42 acre site, requiring planting to be of a large scale and outsourcing growth. Approximately 15,000 to 18,000 petunias are grown for the competition approximately 10 miles to the south, in Banstead; A further 19,000 varieties of other varieties are brought from domestic and overseas growers, mainly from the Netherlands. The club refused to reveal its flower budget.
While most English gardens are continuously designed, with various aspects flourishing and dying throughout the year, the efforts of Falconer at Wimbledon must be achieved during the two weeks of the competition. He consults growers about when plants may be winning in one year, which may differ from the different types of plants 80 to 90 throughout the site.
“Normally, if the weather does what you think it will do in summer, they are flourishing in time,” he said. “But we have such plants, if something is blossoming, maybe something else wouldn't be ready. And then, by the second week of the championship, one is blossoming and the other is finishing. ”
Most of the hard work, in relation to planting, is done before the competition opens to the public. A team of 15 gardeners watch out at the club every morning, starting at about 6 am, for maintenance and maintenance, cutting dying parts to transform plants and occasionally opposing the excess effects. and 42,000 people come through the gates on the busiest days of the competition.
The plants are very popular with Falconer, and the negative impact of traffic is “a little litter and some brushing.”
“A little bit want to find a place to have a seat, so that you get edges of planters where they are located on their back to relax and get a little spoiled,” he said on the flowers.
Outside of the flower displays, including trees – have gardening responsibilities that do not have to shadow the courts which would seriously affect the growth of lawn courts – and ivy, covering the outside of the CECDE building. since 1922.
Along with history, there is innovation: This year, two “living walls”, every five meters high, were added to the exterior of the Court. The walls consist of 14,344 plants with an automated incorporated irrigation system, and their design “showing léiríonn movement” pattern like a tennis ball. ”
For the best players in the game, the time to stop the flowers and notice before the masses come.
“I love hours early in the day before the public and crowd come in, when you can move around freely as a player,” said Novak Djokovic, the competition that protects the many in men's singles. “That is where you notice the amount of effort and time people working in organization and management have here, how much time and effort they are making to make this club more likely in the world.” T
While “ivy always liked more,” Wimbledon's eight-hour champion Roger Federer said he could take time to appreciate the flowers before the competition begins. “You'll never see them more,” he said, when the tennis game is win at hand.
“Especially that kind of first week, a week of practice, when we surround the lands, we get more chances to enjoy them,” Federer said about Wimbledon flowers. “We see the gardeners working on them.”
Where the players do not usually see flowers within the competition, display courts. While there are small floral displays on the margins of the courts by the French Open Philippe-Chatrier Court and the US Open Open Stadium, there is no flowering within Center Court or the other main stadiums at Wimbledon.
“Personally I don't think he needs it,” Falconer said. “Let the courts make their voice heard, and we'll do our bit outside.” T