Editorial



Having a Break

December 16, 2016

Hi everyone. I bet you’re all upset and worried because you haven’t seen a thinkingardens post for a while. “What will we think about?” I hear you cry. We’re all daft like this, us bloggers – think the world will fall apart if we have a break. Well, I’m going to have one. I’ve worked […]

Now We are Ten! by Anne Wareham

March 10, 2015

2015 appears to be a big year in our house. Charles turns old and we’ll also have our Silver Wedding anniversary this June, he tells me. I’m not altogether sure I believe that. We had a big celebration: party, fireworks, speech and all that – to celebrate having lived here 25 years. A couple of […]



Wisley: a garden debate at Wisley

June 7, 2014

Are gardens art? – the debate    28th of June from 1.00pm until we shut up. Anne Wareham (you’ve heard of her…), Dr. Noel Kingsbury, Kathryn Aalto and Professor David Cooper lead the debate, which is chaired by Andrew Wilson. Details here  Any chance anyone would be good enough to write it up for thinkingardens? […]

Apologies (especially to subscribers)

May 23, 2014

Dear Thinkingardens readers, We’ve been having some site problems lately. This may mean you’ll get, or have had, re-issued posts or been offered links which don’t work. Our brilliant and dedicated web master is trying everything he can to sort it, so I am asking for your patience. You’ll still get great content: just don’t think […]



Criticism of criticism by Anne Wareham

May 23, 2014

“Your descriptions of Seats & Gardens . . . are often imperfect, frequently flippant, & sometimes false…….Be advised therefore from a friend to your Fame, as well as your Peace of mind; and do not print any thing that will either hurt or offend the Owners of Places, when in so doing, you will bring […]

The next thinkingardens supper – last call

April 10, 2014

I’m sorry – this is of no interest to anyone who lives miles from London and doesn’t come to Chelsea. Or indeed, maybe, who doesn’t come to Chelsea Press Day. But those who do, might like to come to our next thinkingardens supper…Details here. It’s nearly full up (though not everyone who has booked has […]



Thinkingardens supper, February 2014

February 6, 2014

Just a short note to thank everyone who braved the tube strike and the pouring rain to come to the thinkingardens supper: what a turn out! And special thank you’s to Lucy Masters, who did all the hard work and organisation brilliantly, and to Chris Young for being such a good chair. Xx We had […]

A little self promotion..

June 20, 2013

I hope you’ll excuse this, but I wanted to remind everyone who may be interested that the garden at Veddw is open now. (and it may not be as far away as you think….it’s not deepest Wales…) And – to tell anyone who may not have registered, and who may be interested, that I am […]



Chelsea 2013, some thoughts from Anne Wareham

May 21, 2013

This year was marked for me by having one garden that shocked me by its badness, and one that delighted me. And the other remarkable thing was the extent of agreement about both those things amongst the people I talked to. Prize for shock went to Jinny Blom’s garden for Prince Harry and his charity […]

Chelsea – what do you think?

May 10, 2013

There’s a prize in this – but time’s up now!!! (I have sent the entries off to our impartial judge – I thought that knowing some of the entrants was not a good thing. Result will be declared on the 8th June! Watch this space….) I get very bored with relentless Chelsea at this time of year […]



A horticultural conflict

May 6, 2013

I can’t offer you anything but links for this, but they are links worth following. The background is the publication of Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf’s new book ‘Planting, a new perspective’. The first link is the usual paean of praise for Piet Oudolf, which gives us the context: a Telegraph piece by Tom Stuart […]

Read the Comments..

January 4, 2013

You may well have read Matthew Appleby’s piece on celebrity columnists . I am drawing it to your attention again because it took on a life of its own after publication, creating massive discussion on LinkedIn, for example, and a great many comments on here. So if you just read the original piece I’d suggest it’s […]



Not quite an Award …

December 6, 2012

I sometimes get a bit fed up of the garden world, dedicated as it is to banality and the soporific. Until I remember all the contributors to thinkingardens, who seem to come from and inhabit a different universe. They make this site what it is, which is exciting, innovative and rewarding. And growing in popularity all the […]

I need your help.

November 30, 2012

Next summer I intend to hold a competition for the best garden review written and submitted during the spring/summer season 2013. It should be orientated to addressing those aspects of a garden which will appeal to and be exciting to a non gardening audience. I have an embryo and excellent judging panel and a sponsor – but […]