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Daniel Mount is a botanist, a writer, a photographer, an artist, a teacher, and above all a gardener. At home in the Pacific Northwest, as a professional gardener, he creates and manages private gardens around Puget Sound, consults on others, and together with his partner, tends a small farm in the Snoqualmie River Valley. Daniel is active in the local horticulture community and is a regular contributor to Pacific Horticulture.

A conversation between editor Lorene Edwards Forkner and garden professional Daniel Mount.

LEF: Daniel, you’re a horticultural polymath—your expertise in a broad range of subjects informs everything you do in a garden. Does this ring true?

DM: I often describe myself as a “collagist”—a blend of my background in fine art and botany. Garden design involves balancing shape and color and, like so many other art forms, typically begins in two dimensions on paper. But actually creating and tending a garden means managing relationships between plants as they develop over time. In fact, I think of myself as more of a “gardener” than a “designer.”

LEF: Where ...

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