Articles



Want to get Published? by Claire Austin

July 28, 2016

If you’ve ever wondered about the freedom of no agent, no editor, no publisher, just you, your words and freedom – this is for you. Hope it helps. Anne Wareham, editor          WRITING THAT BOOK by Claire Austin   THE NEED FOR KNOWLEDGE All gardeners want to grow plants, but what they […]

Sissinghurst – forever, for everyone? by John Sales

July 15, 2016

I thought that this response to last week’s piece, Commercial at what Cost? from John Sales, the National Trust’s chief gardens adviser until his retirement in 1998, merited a separate post. Anne Wareham, editor   John Sales:  Your thoughtful piece about Troy Smith’s approach to the job at Sissinghurst raises some important issues.The first is that […]



Commercial at what cost? by Anne Wareham

July 5, 2016

I’ve thought a lot about what Troy Scott-Smith is up against at Sissinghurst and I gather he is appearing on Gardener’s World this week (8th July) to talk about it. These are some of my reflections about on Sissinghurst’s revitalisation and the issues it raises. Anne Wareham, editor           Commercial at […]

All that business? by Bella D’Arcy Reed

June 16, 2016

A post about access to gardens for people on wheels. I have to acknowledge regretfully that Veddw is not wheelchair accessible. The slopes are too steep and our bathroom very small and up a step. But clearly it is important that gardens should do better than that wherever possible. Anne Wareham, editor         […]



Blog for Nothing? by Alexandra Campbell

June 2, 2016

An issue close to the hearts of many of us, I think. I wish I could pay all you generous contributors ££££s! Anne Wareham, editor   ARE WRITERS BEING EXPLOITED IN BLOGGING…AND CAN WE DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT? by AlexandraCampbell A debate broke out about this on Twitter. Are companies exploiting bloggers by getting them […]

What do gardens say? by Robin White

May 18, 2016

By now thinkingardens readers are perhaps over familiar with the ‘are gardens art?’ debate. Well, here is an interesting new take on that whole issue by Robin White. Makes a sweet break from Chelsea. Anne Wareham, editor           Robin White: From time to time you read people in gardening magazines (and […]



Taste and Themes at Chelsea by Daniel Bristow

May 5, 2016

Quite a few of us have ideas about themes and taste at Chelsea (see ‘Do themes help?). But we rarely hear a critical comment from a designer who is actually showing a garden at Chelsea. It takes bottle. Here is Daniel Bristow, (“Propagating Dan”)with his first garden at Chelsea this year, speaking out for thinkingardens. […]

Garden allusions, by Noel Kingsbury, Anne Wareham, and Yue Zhuang

April 6, 2016

This piece, originally posted as ‘Allusion in Gardens’ arose out of a discussion about my use of an informal box parterre at Veddw. The intention is to allude to the local field boundaries indicated on the Tithe Map of the area in 1848, creating a link with the surrounding landscape. Definition of ‘allusion’. The discussion […]



You may do unexpected things – a book review by James Golden

March 24, 2016

This looks like an unusually exciting book. (It’s on order..) I’m begining to wonder if America has all the best gardens now? Anne Wareham, editor A review of The Art of Gardening:  Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer by R. William Thomas and the Chanticleer gardeners “The entrance to the Chanticleer garden, in […]

The Importance of Labels by Rachel The Gardener

March 10, 2016

I won’t generally label plants at Veddw, not just because of the excessive work and the inevitability of mislabelling, but because for me it destroys the aesthetic of a garden. A bit like labelling all the colours on The Fighting Temeraire, maybe. It was interesting to me that searching through Charles Hawes’ extensive catalogue of […]



A slug by any other name by Nick Turrell

January 21, 2016

Well, here’s controversial. It’s well worn debate, but it seems it won’t go away. Should we adopt (and create) common names for plants to save our blushes over the difficulties of using Latin names? What do you think? I believe you predominantly use common names in America already? I guess you have to invent a lot of […]

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 […]