July 2007



Amanda Patton on “Yes, Gardens can be works of art”

July 28, 2007

“Anne Wareham states that conceptual references “only evoke a feeling response if they draw on images and ideas which are already part of the psyche”. I would agree, but I also think that the best of our contemporary creativity draws heavily on our long tradition of the Arts without us necessarily being aware of it,…”

Leigh Hunt on “Yes, Gardens can be works of art”

July 27, 2007

“I certainly feel that we have lost the familiarity of looking for meanings in landscape and for understanding the language of ornament, and this hampers us from moving forward.”



Anne Wareham on “Yes, Gardens can be works of art”

July 26, 2007

“Indeed, I do invite intellectual engagment and I would love that discussion to begin. So far it hasn’t – and perhaps that might once been for lack of a place to have such discussion. But now we have thinkingardens, where uninhibited debate and discussion can and does happen.”

Andrew Wilson on “Yes, Gardens can be works of art”

July 25, 2007

“As an assessor and judge for RHS show gardens for the last 12 years, I found myself perplexed by Germain Greer’s response to this year’s Chelsea Flower….”



The love that dare not speak its name

July 20, 2007

by Anne Wareham.
On Beauty and Gardens –
“….So often when I visit a garden I am confronted with the horrifically ugly, and that seems to me to make a mockery of our materials, which are the best the world can offer.”

Andrew Wilson on “The love that dare not speak its name”

July 9, 2007

Andrew Wilson responds to Anne Wareham’s article on beauty and gardens.



Germaine Greer: Yes, Gardens can be works of art – but you’d never know it from the Chelsea Flower show.

July 5, 2007
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by Germaine Greer.
“Most of our best-known, most-visited gardens are merely pretty, or, worse, picturesque…”
with responses by Anne Wareham, Andrew Wilson, Leigh Hunt, Amanda Patton.