October 2011



A Spectator first? by Anne Wareham

October 31, 2011

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. Winston Churchill Since I started trying to raise awareness of the need for serious reviews of gardens, maybe twenty years ago (yes, I was very young at the time…) I have wanted to take that […]

Is it possible to critique a garden without understanding the designer’s intent? by Felicity Waters

October 24, 2011

A discussion piece – what do we want from a garden? how important is the designer’s original intention? Given that this piece is a critique of thinkingardens’ reviews I think we need some answers and thoughts from our readers. Let’s have some comments? Anne Wareham, editor Felicity Waters: Is it possible to critique a garden […]



Sussex Prairies Garden Again – reviewed by Susan Wright

October 17, 2011

I make no apology for a new and different perspective on the Sussex Prairies Garden. I’m fed up with the ‘isn’t it lovely’ single viewpoint on gardens. Critical comment may also be easily dismissed – but perhaps not so easily when it is clearly not simply an eccentric, single person perspective. Every year, one garden, by either luck or skilful management, will appear […]

Time for new controversies by Anne Wareham

October 13, 2011

Thinkingardens is getting review heavy. This is not a complaint. For a long time we were unable to get books unless I bought them – we are now being offered review copies and I am finding excellent thinkingardens contributors to write them. For both – many thanks. For a long time too I despaired of getting […]



Understanding Garden Design by Vanessa Gardner Nagel, reviewed by Sarah Wilson

October 10, 2011

A book with a title suggesting a very modest agenda – will it really be useful and engaging for amateur and professional alike? An excellent book review from a reviewer new to thinkingardens. I should really let her get on with it, but the design of the website means that if I do that too […]