General Interest



More Chelsea

June 15, 2014

I’m risking boring everyone with more Chelsea stuff – in this case, some thoughts about the actual 2014 show: mine and those of Katherine Crouch. I promise that normal service will be resumed shortly. (ie not quite so often ..) Anne Wareham, editor I couldn’t design a Chelsea garden. I’m not a trained designer and […]

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 […]



Show gardens: what are they for? by Wanda Oprea

April 20, 2014

I would like to propose that show gardens could be simply for delight, illumination or challenge – or whatever we would like a great work of art to be. But that is still whistling in the dark. Maybe they are a form of flower arranging? The following is what Wanda Oprea thinks. And you? Anne […]

We closed our garden, by Abbie Jury

April 12, 2014

Yes, this is a conversation we have every year: shall we go on opening the garden? It’s very hard work and I end the season exhausted. It comes easier to the naturally gregarious, I suspect, the ones that don’t want to hide under the bed when people arrive. But for us, it’s the way we […]



What is Natural? by Emma White

April 1, 2014

We recently decided on our topic for the next thinkingardens supper, which will be in London on the 18th of May, as part of the Chelsea Fringe. (better book quickly – the last one filled up fast) The topic – ‘Are Gardens Unnatural?’  It just happens that that goes extraordinarily well with our next article, by […]

The Thinking Gardens Supper – what was it like? by Lucy Masters

March 5, 2014

At last – the account of the thinkingardens supper, which took place in London in the pouring rain and a tube strike. For all that sixteen people made it (see who at the bottom of this page) and it was excellently chaired by Chris Young, editor of the RHS The Garden. It was a great […]



Try formality? by Susan Cohan

February 24, 2014

Our last piece was by Michael King and suggested that the New Perennial or Naturalistic style was getting everywhere and being used insensitively. Susan Cohan goes slightly further than that and dares to express an admiration for formality; indeed, four hundred year old formality. Interesting? Anne Wareham, editor Susan Cohan: I’m taking sides with Andre […]

It’s Everywhere – Michael King on Naturalistic Planting.

February 21, 2014

Michael King has just stirred things up again by publishing a post on his blog suggesting we may be finding naturalistic planting a little ubiquitous. Is it all getting a bit samey? (Is the classic herbaceous border a bit samey too, though?) And are naturalistic schemes in danger of simply replicating themselves – planting by […]



Be critical! by Tristan Gregory

February 10, 2014

I have had no difficulty getting reviewers of books or magazines for thinkingardens, but people are still backward in coming forward with garden reviews. We need them. Tristan suggests why and how… I hope it will encourage you to send them piling in…. Anne Wareham, editor PS I realise this sounds a little ungracious towards […]

Garden bloggers: braggarts? by Jane Scorer

January 30, 2014

As someone who has been damned for being a self promoter, I must definitely come in the ‘braggart’ category. (see Veddw blog…)(see what I mean?) And you? Why do you blog? Here’s Jane Scorer’s opinion. Anne Wareham, editor Jane Scorer There must be as many reasons for garden blogging as there are bloggers, some altruistic and […]



Worthy but wasted? by Jill Sinclair

January 16, 2014

Here we are again, after a short break which had you all hammering my door down, demanding a new post. So here it is. Sustainability is good, yes? And parks are great places to play, sunbathe, take the kids, walk the dog and play football – right? Well, perhaps… Jill Sinclair has been having slightly […]

Gardening in the Wilderness: do we need a revolution in the garden? by Lucy Masters

December 10, 2013

Suppers are back! Well – one is, thanks to the effort and initiative of Lucy Masters, who wrote this piece to introduce the debate. And Chris Young, editor of RHS The Garden, who will be chairing it for us! Thanks Chris. This time we will not only have the discussion at the supper, but, bearing […]



Clump or Mingle? by Noel Kingsbury

October 31, 2013

Now, after all that discussion and noise in response to Thomas Rainer’s piece  about intermingling planting, here is Noel’s reply to Thomas. (and sorry, he hadn’t read all your comments before writing it..) I must apologise to all those who deplore my  (quote) “relentless puffing of Veddw garden everywhere you can, especially on thinkingardens”  but it […]

Mingle or clump? by Thomas Rainer

October 29, 2013

This is going to be challenging and interesting, everyone, (get your brains out) and it is just what thinkingardens is for. Recently Thomas Rainer published a post on his excellent blog raising questions in response to Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf’s latest book, Planting, a New Perspective. I asked him to write us a piece […]