General Interest



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 […]



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 […]