Events



Chelsea 2009 – What did you learn?

December 14, 2010

Anne Wareham asks what did you learn at the Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Chelsea 2010 – Do Chelsea gardens benefit from having “themes”?

October 28, 2010

This piece unfortunately escaped the transfer from the old website so is being republished now. I just got an email from Graham Rice, responding to my interest in theming (ie. making gardens based on a theme) at Chelsea: “Just been watching the video of Chelsea on the Guardian’s website… And my question is this: Why do all these gardens […]



Hampton Court Show 2010 reviewed by Stephen Anderton

October 4, 2010

“the question crying out to be asked is what does conceptual mean?”

Supper: January 2010

January 25, 2010

A garden is meaningless without good spaces.
In which Michael Balston froths, and also insists that water in gardens should feature “no turds, no alligators”…



Supper: June 2009

June 9, 2009

Is garden design a frivolous luxury in straitened times?
“Clearly, it all centres on one’s appreciation of gardens…”

Supper: May 2009

May 26, 2009

Do gardens have to include plants?
“…..And indeed, in some circumstances plants alone can be used conceptually to shock people…”



Nurture not Nature

March 28, 2009

Society of Garden Designers Conference with Hugh Ryan, Erik Dhont, Jinny Blom, Tim Rees, Roberta Silva, Ulf Nordfjell.
Report by Anne Wareham.
“Sometimes, rarely, like a good designer should you might well think, they keep to the brief. Jinny did.”

Chelsea 2008

June 4, 2008
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Three of the thinkinGardens Group made a short film recording their thoughts.
“But for me, when I look over an edge and down into a space, I want to be rewarded and uplifted ….”



The TARDIS Garden: thinking big about small spaces

November 3, 2007

Society of Garden Designers Conference, November 2007.
Reviewed by Darryl Moore.
“Whilst his style of presentation was no doubt intended to be irreverent and humourous, it became less coherent and relevant as his talk progressed.”

Putting Gardens Back on the Cultural Map

September 26, 2007

thinkinGardens Symposium.
Report by Stephen Anderton.
“Gardens should be evaluated by all as an multidimensional dynamic art form, but no one should fear being judged because of that. A romantic vision and an intellectual approach are not mutually exclusive….”



A Tribute to Linnaeus designed by Ulf Nordfiell reviewed by Anne Wareham

August 6, 2007
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“The light echoes of Swedish countryside were one thing, but the effort to bring the Swedish botanist into the picture was the usual over literal, over ‘spelt out’ stuff…”

A Tribute to Linnaeus designed by Ulf Nordfiell reviewed by Stephen Anderton

August 6, 2007
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“It might not be a bad for any garden to start from a default position of absolute simplicity. Only then would certain elements be expanded and explored, as and when the design required them.”



Germaine Greer: Yes, Gardens can be works of art – but you’d never know it from the Chelsea Flower show.

July 5, 2007
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by Germaine Greer.
“Most of our best-known, most-visited gardens are merely pretty, or, worse, picturesque…”
with responses by Anne Wareham, Andrew Wilson, Leigh Hunt, Amanda Patton.

Is a Garden an Artwork?

April 15, 2007

Debated at the oxford Literary Festival 2007.
Reviewed by Matthew Appleby with comments by Anne Wareham.
“I loathe places like Hestercombe, but then on the other hand you have places like the Barbara Hepworth Garden which is more of an outdoor gallery.”