The untold life of Íñigo Segurola, gardener of ‘Bricomanía’: his year of catharsis outside TV

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An old legend from Amézqueta says that on a clear morning, the first after several weeks of torrential rain, young Kattalin he lost one of the sheep of the flock he was tending. Fearing reprisals, she climbed to the top of the Mount Txindoki looking for him and, at the entrance of a cave, he found his sheep. Next to her was a pretty woman who offered a deal: if he stayed seven years to help her, he would make her rich.

Kattalin agreed and spent the next seven years with the mysterious lady. She taught him the magical qualities of plants and the inaccessible animal language. When the time came, the woman gave her a huge piece of coal and she left. Kattalin received it with disappointment. But, leaving the cave, coal turned into gold; a big rock of gold that freed her forever.

The mysterious woman was goddess husbandwho like Samovila, demeter Where Flora– represents the forces of nature in Basque mythology. And, like Kattalin, Inigo Segurola -former gardener DIY– He maintains a close relationship with her: “I am a believer; I believe in the goddess Mari. I believe in the forces of nature. What else, I like that it’s a woman”.

Inigo, 25 years old

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Inigo was born in San Sebastian April 7 1967 and grew up in the old part of town, an environment that couldn’t be more urban. Therefore, his meeting with the goddess Mari had to wait. “I think that exercise that they send to school to put a seed on the cotton so that the first leaves of the beans come out is what hooked me,” he tells EL ESPAÑOL.

Then the rest came: the agricultural engineering at the University of Navarre, the landscape architecture at Heriott-Wat University in Edinburgh and the International Course on Landscaping and design at Wagheningen University of Landscape Architecture; Bricomania on Spanish television, Antena 3, Telecinco and Nova and decogarden on YouTube and Atresmedia. And of course the LUR gardenthe landscaping project of his life: “We set up the workshop on a plot of 20,000 m², Oiartzun. It has 16 different themed spaces and this has been my odyssey for the last nine years of my life”.

Beginning and end

The success of television came almost involuntarily. In nineteen ninety-six, during its second year of broadcast, Bricomania contacted its studio to have it produce ten technical gardening scenarios. Moreover, it was filmed in Oiartzun. “Inigo Urreaga, program director, gave me a dishonest camera test, to see how it goes. Well, it seems that he liked me”.

At first, Íñigo didn’t have everything with him. He didn’t want to be seen as “the gardener on tv”. But, seen with hindsight, he regrets nothing: “It allowed me to do all kinds of interviews where I could talk about landscape.” To this must be added the economic well-being of those who more than 1,000 programs television, a comfort he could not have had as a landscaper. Also, of course, recognition from people even today. And one more thing: “Thanks to being on television I could continue to wear long hair”.

After the first confinement due to covid, an agreement was not reached with Nova and the program is finished. Íñigo would not have been embarrassed to continue doing so. In fact, he takes the opportunity to let go, like someone who does not want the thing, that he would like to do a soap opera “highlighting all the rich landscapes of Spain: the Hispano-Arab Andalusian gardens, the Galician bastides”. , the Canary Islands… “.

Iñigo’s Garden of Mirrors

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The truth is that it ended and he had to move on with his life. Inside, deep inside him, the thorn that makes his work not yet valued enough in Spain. “If Bricomania was in the UK I’d be a star right now. Here we are more about sangria, paella and partying, not sitting down to look at a garden…”, she laments. It was time to start a new stage, but with the same force. And long hair that is not touched. How was Íñigo’s life at that time? As always, with ups and downs: it has hit rock bottom and is rising from the ashes.

“Work Work Work”

In 2021Íñigo has ceased to be a person. He became a machine that worked and just worked. “I hit rock bottom because he was in a process of personal flight, refugee building this garden like it’s a drug“, he confesses. Her body said enough last Christmas. The date was not accidental. When he lives in the countryside, he is submissive to the exterior. The body connects to the vital cycles of nature, and in the fall the decline begins. The days are getting shorter and the morning frosts are coming. Finally, “Christmas is at its lowest”.

But with the new year began the slow process of coming back. Because Íñigo is one of those all or nothing people, which goes from high to low with a fragile and wounded ease. It didn’t help, of course, not wanting to poke his head out of the hole, even though “the things outside weren’t encouraging it, it wasn’t that they were very good”.

When he dared to look further, he reconsidered: “I say ‘Holy shit, what the hell is this world?’ and I realize that I have to restore this relationship with the space and with my own life. Which before going crazy with the garden, became a passive observer. Something that also applies to his person: “Before, I didn’t have a life, I’m looking for myself. Who am I? I’m still not very clearbut I’m on the right track for this answer.

Inigo Segurola

The project that led him to this catharsis is LUR garden. He started it nine years ago with Juan Iriartewhich was not only his partner but also his husband. On what it’s like to work with someone you also love, Íñigo gives the short answer of someone who doesn’t want to go back to a painful place to seek deeper answers: “The work was fluid.

At that time, LUR Garden was an escape route. “To be a good landscaper, you have to be a gardener –explains Íñigo–; an architect, on the other hand, does not need to be a mason, but I work with beings that have life and they with dead elements”. His initial idea with the project was a garden of rooms. So he started creating hedges.

Then came the magical moment that anyone who has created something without more mediation than his imagination has ever experienced. who was then still her husband drew a fried egg shape and Íñigo saw in these ovoid shapes the geometric design of the garden: “I did it with the awareness of strengthen femininity. The ovoid shapes are more feminine and the straight lines more rigid and masculine. And, in this ovoid quest, the garden has since subjugated him.

“A garden is like a dependent person who needs the care of the gardener for the rest of his life”, justifies Íñigo. Each of the 16 spaces works differently: the garden extravaganzathe one with hydrangeas, the white and gray, the Jurassic or the garden mirror which reflects everything that is happening around. “It’s my life’s work. The night I saw this potential, I slept for three hours and the first thing I did when I woke up was to draw a map of what can be visited today”, says Íñigo to make this obsession.

addicted to beauty

In the program Don’t get involved in politicsÍñigo defined himself as a “beauty addict and techno victim”. The second is that it’s what you listen to first thing in the morning. Yes, Inigo has a side punk what makes it special (though he points out that he only works eight hours, “like everyone”). But beauty has a special meaning for him: it’s a way of life.

– What is beauty?

Íñigo needs several minutes to think about it. It’s his life, but maybe that’s why he himself took it unanswered, just as he had no answer to the question of who he is. At the end, he launches an attempt.

Beauty is when there is harmony, truth, sincerity. When everything is in order and there is no aggression. It is purity. It is the soul. An aesthetic experience that fills a space and transcends the purely aesthetic.

For Íñigo, beauty will surely be in this little piece of land on the outskirts of Oiartzun that his parents bought when he was little and where he made his first garden. The same place, far from civilization, where he went to live when he was older and which now houses his garden.

The beauty will also, surely, be in the mountain where you start walking when you want to disconnect. And in the oriental philosophy books and in gastronomy that, “in good life, it is important to go once in a while to a good place to enjoy life”. And in the knowledge of knowing that it is impossible to dominate the natural space and that everything changes without stopping and this understanding which “gives you a more humble and you get inner peace”.

For this reason – because nature is superior to human beings and success and failure are relative – Íñigo, about to turn 55He doesn’t believe in luck. This is not the person who will buy you a lottery ticket. In ten years, he doesn’t even think about where he will be, because “I don’t even know if I see myself, and I don’t care to be or not to be”.

And so It is expected that in 10,000 years the human being will disappear“Human beings are so foolish towards other living beings that I don’t care what happens to the world when I die, but human beings do not deserve to exist any longer”. Because, faithful to his principles, Íñigo will not leave any offspring. Íñigo believes only in Mari, goddess of justice and nature and who despises those who do not respect other living beings. But beware, beyond the television programs, there is still Íñigo Segurola for a while. And, like the goddess Mari, when the storm is coming it means it is getting closer.

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