May 2014



Apologies (especially to subscribers)

May 23, 2014

Dear Thinkingardens readers, We’ve been having some site problems lately. This may mean you’ll get, or have had, re-issued posts or been offered links which don’t work. Our brilliant and dedicated web master is trying everything he can to sort it, so I am asking for your patience. You’ll still get great content: just don’t think […]

Criticism of criticism by Anne Wareham

May 23, 2014

“Your descriptions of Seats & Gardens . . . are often imperfect, frequently flippant, & sometimes false…….Be advised therefore from a friend to your Fame, as well as your Peace of mind; and do not print any thing that will either hurt or offend the Owners of Places, when in so doing, you will bring […]



Thinkingardens at Chelsea Fringe 2014

May 21, 2014

Thinkingardens Supper – Chelsea May 2014 Anne Wareham: I’m going to do something different here. The thinkingardens supper, which was part of the Chelsea Fringe, led to a lively debate which is impossible to summarise. But last time people went on emailing comments and thoughts to each other for ages, and given this might happen again, […]

Chelsea Parade, photographed by Charles Hawes

May 21, 2014

What people were wearing at Chelsea – during build up and on Press day. Photographs by Charles Hawes – and some from me. Some people you may know, many you won’t. #nomontydon Anne Wareham, editor   Then the afterthoughts by Anne: (though I have no idea how the first one arrived in my camera….)   […]



Not just a load of old coneflowers by Victoria Summerley.

May 15, 2014

Well, the biter bit. I keep contributors waiting for their pieces to be published for far too long. Just sometimes a contributor does the same thing and serves me right. Sorry Noel… Anne Wareham, editor A review of ‘Planting, a new perspective’, by Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf by Victoria Summerley: First, I must apologise […]

Everyone has their idea of paradise: an interview with John Sales by Anne Wareham

May 7, 2014

I’ve been preoccupied with the gap between the professionally designed garden and the garden of the serious amateur for some years, particularly because I experience garden design as an ongoing process which I am involved with daily at Veddw, rather than a one off planning exercise. Then I met John Sales, former National trust Head […]