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Souren Ala
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Souren Ala MSc

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Souren grew up in the UK and Iran, and lived in south-western USA until returning to the UK in 1998. He has an advanced degree in Geology, and spent ten years involved in hydrocarbon exploration and contaminated land investigation prior to taking up his current career. He is largely self-taught in Horticulture, building on a Level II RHS certificate obtained at the turn of the Millennium. For the last 23 years he has been engaged in garden design, creation and planting. He began writing for The Hardy Plant (the journal of the Hardy Plant Society) in 2014 and became its editor in 2019. He is fascinated by the origins, cultural diversity and function of gardens; specifically, how to integrate formal and informal elements in the context of aesthetics, horticulture and home life. He has a particular interest in bulbs and wildflower meadows.

Additional Interests

Resilient planting, future-proofing gardens, the Persian Chahar-Bagh (garden in fours). Art, music, sport.


Based in: Hannington, Hampshire, UK
Distance willing to travel: Any
Virtual talks available: No

Fees: Negotiable

Talks: Wildflower meadows Good garden plants Persian gardens


United Kingdom

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