Dr Jill Raggett of Writtle School of Design is the owner of a very popular imagery blog entitled ‘Plant of the Day’ on social media site Tumblr.
Started in September 2013, Dr Raggett takes time out of her extremely busy schedule to upload one plant per day. The image will be an original photograph taken during the previous week and this dedication helps to ensure the blog is seasonally relevant. The image will also include a fact or comment about cultivation, history, use or design!
Dr Raggett, who is a lecturer in landscape architecture, garden design and horticulture at Writtle College, explains why she created the blog and why she believes it has an international appeal: “I devised the blog as a means to encourage students to look at plants wherever they are, whether that is in gardens, parks, public spaces, on the street, or even in supermarket car parks, to observe how plants can be used and add value.
The majority of blog followers are people worldwide who enjoy plants and gardens – from students in community colleges in USA and Canada, students studying landscape design in Canada, Argentinian landscape architects, people interested in plants in Korea and Japan, and the very proactive students of the prestigious Longwood Gardens in the USA, with people in Italy, Romania and Poland.
There is clearly a global appeal for English plants and gardens. I believe the tradition and heritage associated with horticulture in the UK makes the blog particularly desirable to international followers.
My hope for the blog is that the ‘Archive’ section will be useful especially to horticultural and design students as it is seasonal (for the UK) and they can view plants by the relevant month of their display value to help inspire and inform with their designs!”
Visit Dr Raggett’s Plant of the Day blog on Tumblr: http://www.jillraggett.tumblr.com
Visit Writtle School of Design: http://www.writtle.ac.uk/design