AN INTERVIEW WITH MIRANDA BROOKS

You have been a landscape designer for over 20 years, how did you decide that this was the career you wanted?
Spending every weekend planting trees while I was at the Courtauld Institute studying history of art.

What do you love most about your job?
That’s difficult; I love most aspects, from the conceptual and abstract, to planting and digging.

What projects are you currently working on?
Various, from a horse farm, to a modern house in Long Island.

What are your favorite plants and flowers and why?
Every season has a love. At this very moment, Daphne odorata with its extraordinary scent.

What is the perfect setting for outdoor entertaining?
A good tree and a picnic rug.

What is your favorite flower scent?
Lemony auriculas, musky sweet peas, and the Moroccan Beldi rose.

What is your favorite garden furniture?
 I like antique Heal’s furtniture. We make a great can day bed.

Your house in Brooklyn doesn’t even look like it is in the city. So much of that is due to your landscape design. Tell us the details.
Squeezing every plant I want to experiment with, the Romanian hurdles on the fence, the vegetables, and the rabbits…

What do you love most about living in Brooklyn?
My neighbors, my butcher, and the quiet.

Where do you go to escape?
I have a few projects I have worked on so long that I seem to have my own rooms! I love the Catskills and I go back to the country in England a lot.

As a mother, what do you do to make your life easier?
Not much! I think it gets more and more complicated, but having my office in the carriage house in my garden made a huge difference
Also, having lovely people to work with.

What or who has been the biggest inspiration in your life?
How I grew up, being responsible for our animals and gardens. I am also inspired by a number of friends and family, and Florence Nightingale.

How would you define your style?
Low key, with occasional daring moments.

What are 3 pieces in your wardrobe that you can’t live without?
My waterproof poncho, my black roper boots, and my Daryl K. black leather pants

What are your beauty staples?
Veronique Oils, and Joelle Ciocco creams

What’s next for you?
Living in the country, I hope.