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RHS consulation on the judging at Chelsea – response by Victoria Summerley

February 15, 2012

The RHS has just held a forum to discuss and get responses to their thoughts about changing the judging process at Chelsea. Victoria Summerley attended on behalf of thinkingardens and here is her response and her suggestions. I hope that the RHS will take note of her thoughts. I have never found it quite so […]

Chelsea 2011 by Anne Wareham

May 24, 2011

Chelsea 2011 “Is Chelsea still relevant?” – with thanks to Lila de Gupta for the question. This year I was wondering about the relevance of Chelsea and of show gardens in particular. I think that they are the joyful celebration of gardens made simply for the delight of looking at them (from the outside). I […]



Hort Park, Singapore reviewed by Jonathan Fothergill

April 22, 2011

Travel time, readers from UK and USA – here’s interesting in South East Asia – a great piece from Jonathan Fothergill on Hort park, Singapore. Anne Wareham, editor Singapore, famed for its cut orchids and its botanic garden, has a new kid on the garden block.  Billed as a ‘One-stop gardening hub’ the HortPark is […]

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”? by Anne Wareham

October 28, 2010

Anne Wareham, editor: I 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 have to be metaphors for something else? Why can’t gardens simply […]

Hampton Court Show 2010 reviewed by Stephen Anderton

October 4, 2010

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



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 ….”

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.