General Interest



Colour! by Nigel Dunnett.

December 22, 2015

Ever since the Popes (remember them? Hadspen?) foretold in 1999 that colour would be the big thing in the new century, colour has been perhaps the least considered aspect of garden design among thinkingardeners and their ilk. Though I confess that, unrepentant, it has probably actually been one of my prime considerations in beds and borders. […]

How do you like your edges? by Thomas Stone

October 22, 2015

I have a permanent argument with at least one good friend about edging. I like to see plants creating their own edge, merging happily with the grass and no bare soil in sight. She likes that carefully edged edge. As does Thomas. And you? Anne Wareham, editor           Thomas Stone: It’s […]



Messing about in Boats by Cherie Lebbon

September 23, 2015

“Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows   Here’s someone who has responded to that challenge. And contemplated the gardens on the way… Anne Wareham, editor   Cherie Lebbon: I have […]

Peer review by Bunny Guinness

September 2, 2015

Bunny Guinness recently wrote this piece for the Telegraph and it was published in the newspaper. It has not yet appeared online though, so I asked (and received) her permission to use it here. Many thinkingardens readers will already be familiar with this topic and the arguments, but I thought it worth putting in front […]



The Monster Outside by Valerie Lapthorne

August 20, 2015

I know this feeling very well, and I think we will not be on our own. Mind you – there are easier ways to garden than this! Anne Wareham, editor             The Monster Outside, by Valerie Lapthorne It sits there all powerful, knowing that I am trapped, knowing that there […]

Do we need Garden Experts? by Anne Wareham

July 20, 2015

I know – you waited all this time for a new piece and now it’s just me. Still: is it time we changed our perspective on ‘Garden Experts’? What do you think? Anne Wareham, editor     Anne Wareham: This winter, Graham Rice , a garden expert if ever I met one,  put up a post on […]



I’m not renewing my RHS Membership by Julieanne Porter

June 3, 2015

Having just been exposed to the expensive bonanza which is Chelsea, it seemed appropriate to look at the issue of garden costs again. This time the issue is the cost of RHS membership. This is a little close to my heart because the Veddw used to be a Partnership Garden. Until we realised that we simply […]

Well loved – or totally forgotten? Russell Page Exhibition reviewed by Francois Gordon

May 14, 2015

Russell Page is being honoured at present by the Garden Museum in London. To publicise the exhibition, Christopher Woodward, the director of the Museum, wrote a piece for the Telegraph  headed ‘The most famous garden designer no-one has ever heard of’.’ This struck me as totally untrue, because if you ever mention the book ‘Education of a […]



The Cost of a Garden by Tristan Gregory

May 6, 2015

I have to report, with mixed feelings, that the demands of happy domestic life have taken over one of our best and most prolific contributors. How could I not be happy for Tristan? Or sorry for us? So this may be one of fewer Tristan Gregory contributions. One thing is for sure: a happy domestic […]

Pleasance in Suburbia by Genny Twigg

February 12, 2015

We’ve all read something like it…. Anne Wareham, editor Pleasance in Suburbia, by Genny Twigg In brief Name: 102, 1956 semi-detached bungalow Points of Interest: Edwardian formal style influenced by Arts and Crafts movement, planting taken from William Morris fabrics. Wildflower meadow and shady dell Where: Alwoodley, Leeds, North Yorkshire Size: Front garden and driveway […]



Volunteer Gardeners: The Enemy Within, by Rachel Cassidy

January 28, 2015

Are you a garden volunteer? Or a professional gardener? An employer of either? You may find this piece interesting. Anne Wareham, editor Volunteer Gardeners: The Enemy Within, by Rachel Cassidy: At this very moment, in a thousand gardens up and down the country, unqualified and inexperienced volunteers are pulling up weeds and pruning roses, for […]

I like the grasses: fun at a Gallery.

December 5, 2014

Yesterday Charles and I paid a visit to the new gallery,  Hauser and Wirth, in Somerset.  You’ll be hearing much about this place as Piet Oudolf has designed a garden for it. This is not a review – the garden is very new (though of course it has already been photographed and featured in the […]



Paradise lost – a review of Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury by Kate Morgan

November 26, 2014

A sad thing, divorce. And this is a tale of more than one parting –  the gardeners of Abbey House Gardens, not known for any kind of modesty, are splitting up and leaving the garden. Abbey House Gardens used to do that silly and misleading thing of telling people they owned any pictures of the […]

Doing the Art by Holly Allen

August 15, 2014

What is it like to create a garden as a work of art? Holly Allen discusses that in this piece, which is an interesting follow up to last week’s review of ‘Are Gardens Art’? Anne Wareham, editor Holly Allen: Most people will probably think it precious to compare the desire to garden with the urge […]