Purna Gurung has lived in London for nineteen years and since 2007, he has been successfully running his gardening business- Lalupate Gardening. He completed RHS level 2 in Horticulture at Lambeth College. As a young man he spent time as an intern at the farm in Nepal and in 1996 at an organic farm in Hvisten, Norway which was a hugely inspirational experience. He moved on to work for an NGO creating community gardens to improve the diet of rural villagers and was invited by the project’s sponsors, Kandoori Farm and Botanical Gardens, to study at their base in Hong Kong.
He belives that nature (and human spirit) has no boundries and what is saved and nourished in one part of the world will one day benefit the whole Mother Earth.
GARDEN IN THE HIMALAYAS
Today he continues to design, create and maintain gardens in west London, but his real passion is the Garden In The Himalayas, the botanic garden he started in 2012 in his family’s village of Tanchok.
The Garden, originating from Purna’s love for plants and a long-lasting fascination with organic farming and permaculture, was started to preserve native plants of Nepal; rare ornamentals, potent medicinals and those in danger of vanishing for ever.
The vision is to initiate a long-term awareness project that preserves native plants and educates the locals about the importance of protecting their natural habitat. During his twice-yearly visits, in August and February, Purna mounts a plant-hunting expedition, trekking into the Himalayas to record rarities and garner stock for his garden – a permit from the government allows him to take five examples of each species he finds.