General Interest



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 […]



Does employing a garden designer lose you your garden? by Michael McCoy

October 31, 2014

Perhaps it’s not easy to feel that your garden is really your own when you have had a garden designer working on it? Do you feel free to amend the planting and to make changes? A version of this article by Michael McCoy originally appeared in the excellent Australian website Garden Drum, which publishes 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 […]



Community Gardens: do we care?

July 17, 2014

I am very busy just now, so instead of the usual post  I am inviting a discussion by means of two links about community gardens. Do we really care about them? Are they a sop to a sentimental notion of community? Do they open up gardening?  Do we like them? Are they the future of […]

Naff names by Katherine Crouch

July 3, 2014

There may be slightly less posting here over the next four months, as I have just signed a contract to write a book. Forty thousand words before Christmas and we’ve still got coach parties and Sunday openings at the Veddw. Couldn’t resist the flattery of being asked, before you ask. But please don’t stop offering […]



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 love to talk about ‘natural’ gardens – but what does that mean? If anything? Anne Wareham, editor Emma White: I find myself in a bit of a quandary at the moment. I’ve spent the past three years looking at how the natural elements of gardens can improve psychological well-being; the subject of my […]

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 […]