Events



Chelsea 2017 – this ghastly fame phenomenon, by Catharine Howard.

June 6, 2017

I had intended to join the sponsors and give Chelsea a miss this year, but I can’t turn down a good offer. Catharine was less than delighted by Chelsea 2017…..   Anne Wareham, editor Chelsea 2017 – this ghastly fame phenomenon, by Catharine Howard.  Chelsea is the mother of all flower shows but this year it […]

Posh Day Out for Katherine Crouch

April 13, 2017

Although this took place quite some time ago, it seems to me that many thinkingardens readers will find interest in what goes on at this prestigious annual event. And others will simply find it very entertaining. With thanks to our willing victim, Katherine Crouch. Images courtesy of Society of Garden Designers. Anne Wareham, editor   […]



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. […]

West Country Thinkingardens Supper

July 8, 2015

My apologies to contributors waiting to be published, and all you miserable, deprived readers wondering when your next thinkingardens post will arrive. June and July are very busy for me, and I have even found it necessary to do some gardening. Sigh. But normal service will be resumed shortly. In the meantime, we have a […]



Chelsea – Buildup Sunday by Anne Wareham

May 19, 2015

I thought there might be some people who’d like to see what Chelsea is like the day before it opens. So here’s some snaps of Buildup Sunday. Anne Wareham editor                               Anne Wareham author of OUTWITTING SQUIRRELS! See also Chelsea 2015 review […]

Chelsea 2015 – a review by Katherine Crouch

May 19, 2015

This is what you want, I think – a real reflection of Chelsea without the hype. Thanks for an amazing effort Katherine, getting it to me so fast and with so many pictures and so much messing around for my benefit. (I’m a monster editor) Anne Wareham, editor       Chelsea 2015 A review […]



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 […]

At the Herefordshire Hub by Tristan Gregory

November 13, 2014

This year has been one where talking together has been opening up, and not just under the auspices of  thinkingardens. The RHS held a debate which  Helen Gazeley reviewed here and which is now on YouTube, here – ‘Are Gardens Art?’ so you can judge it for yourselves. There were the thinkingardens suppers, which you […]



Chaumont 2014: review by Valerie Lapthorne

September 3, 2014

A belated (my fault) review of the 2014 Chaumont Garden Festival – but not too late, it runs until November. I wonder, contemplating these gardens: is it all rather old-fashioned? Anne Wareham, editor International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire 2014 by Valerie Lapthorne Seeing Chelsea Flower Show and The International Garden Festival in the same week, it […]

Are Gardens Art? review by Helen Gazeley

August 8, 2014

The promised review of the Royal Horticultural Event at Wisley. Thanks to Helen Gazeley for the review, Suzanne Moss for organising the event and Charles Hawes for the photographs. And here is a recording of the entire proceedings. (warning- it’s over an hour long…) Anne Wareham, editor Helen Gazeley: Are Gardens Art? This was the […]



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 […]

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? […]



Thinkingardens at Chelsea Fringe 2014

May 21, 2014

Thinkingardens Supper – Chelsea May 2014 Anne Wareham: I’m going to do something different here. The thinkingardens supper, which was part of the Chelsea Fringe, led to a lively debate which is impossible to summarise. But last time people went on emailing comments and thoughts to each other for ages, and given this might happen again, […]

Chelsea Parade, photographed by Charles Hawes

May 21, 2014

What people were wearing at Chelsea – during build up and on Press day. Photographs by Charles Hawes – and some from me. Some people you may know, many you won’t. #nomontydon Anne Wareham, editor   Then the afterthoughts by Anne: (though I have no idea how the first one arrived in my camera….)   […]