Oh, let’s get real, people. The UK’s Cleve West has got to win this contest hands-down. (there’s some smutty little pun in there, but we’re leaving it alone.) He’s the "hunky British gardener" of an earlier post on British magazines, and the Times of London had this to say about his Chelsea Flower Show garden:
"Smouldering good looks might explain it – or maybe it’s just the gold-winning Saga garden – but something about Cleve West is so attractive to birds that they’ve moved in with him."
That’s "birds," as in–you know–actual birds.
There’s been a request that we be more gender-inclusive in our sexy gardener rankings, a notion that we here at GardenRant Headquarters wholeheartedly support.
If only the Dixie Chicks had a gardening show, we often say to ourselves in our morning editorial meetings. Just think of the fun they’d have, out there at the ranch, planting peas and pruning the wisteria and turning the compost pile. Now, that’s some television we’d tune in for. Chicks, are you listening?
But even if that idle fantasy never comes true, there are any number of strong, beautiful women we would happily nominate for Sexiest Gardener. Let’s start with MaryJane Butters, champion of farmgirls everywhere. She’s a smart, compassionate, and astonishingly skilled woman who has made quite a life for herself out there in Moscow, Idaho. She runs a farm, writes books, plants a garden, makes all kinds of great old-time crafts, raises chickens, sells pre-packaged food, and she puts out a hell of a magazine, too.