I am Jenny Feuerpeil and I design and build gardens in Berlin, Germany. Between 2009 and 2015, I spent some very exciting years working and learning in Japan, California and England.
My training and working years in Japan are the biggest influence on my way of garden thinking. Fascinated by Tadao Ando's architecture, I left Germany for Japan in order to immerse myself in traditional and modern Japanese design. Next to the daily work at a garden maintenance company near Tokyo, where I learnt the basics of Japanese gardening, I spent my free days visiting famous gardens in Tokyo and Zen temples and their gardens in Kamakura and Yamanashi. I also learnt to write and speak Japanese, which opened the doors to my next job - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I met garden designer Keizo Hayano in Tokyo in 2012. With his ideas and my passion for Japanese gardens and traditional culture, we built the website and e-book platform Real Japanese Gardens, which continues to deliver reliably researched information and stunning pictures of Japanese gardens to a global audience of readers. Real Japanese Gardens (English).
In 2014 I went to Kyoto for three months to work as an apprentice to a traditional Japanese garden master. I learnt a lot, not only about Japanese garden building, but also about work ethic and myself. Every morning, I took care of a major Zen temple in Kyoto. In the afternoons, I climbed and pruned tall trees high above the ground with a great view over Kyoto, I repaired bamboo fences, and felled bamboo and processed it for new projects. And I sure was proud when I was finally was allowed to rake a pattern in the gravel garden of the temple's main building.
It was a wonderful time that heavily influenced me and my garden work. My Blog '90 Days in Kyoto' (English).
Between 2013 and 2015 I lived and worked in San Francisco, California. I found myself in yet another climate and surrounded by a new, fascinating plant world. In the ongoing California drought conscious garden owners and designers use 'water-wise planting', drought-resistant native plants, succulents, grasses and desert perennials. I found this unique aesthetic works great for Germany, too.
As a gardener, I experienced San Francisco's most beautiful gardens at globetrotter Christopher Hurley's garden design and build company Sacred Space Gardens. In my free time, I volunteered at the garden restoration project on the legendary prison island Alcatraz. To continue my Japanese garden training, I build a bamboo fence at the Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga.
London, England (2008-09)
I learnt the basics of European garden design in 2008/9 under Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School London's hidden garden gem, the Chelsea Physic Garden.
During my studies, I interned at the German garden magazine 'Die Gartenzeitung' (now 'GartenFlora'). This is also where my garden design column 'Die Gartenschule' was published.
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Jenny Feuerpeil, Dendron Exterior Design, Alt-Stralau 52, 10245 Berlin