Jane Stockdale for The New York Times
WIMBLEDON, England — Like many in tennis, Martyn Falconer wants to produce his best when Wimbledon rolls around. Falconer’s results at this year’s tournament, his 19th, have been “particularly good.”
“You want a year like this,” Falconer said in the past week. “This is one of the best ones, where everything seems to be peaking at the right time.”
As the head gardener at the All England Club, Falconer cultivates vibrant colors around the grounds, beautifying the various paths and promenades. Such environmental attentiveness is critical to Wimbledon’s aspiration to present “tennis in an English garden,” a goal that reflects a national pride in horticulture that dates back centuries.