Recommended Reading



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 […]

Art or Science? a review of Througham Court by Pat Webster

February 25, 2015

I’ve never managed to get into Througham Court yet. One day I will. Meanwhile, thanks (many thanks) to Pat Webster of the excellent and truly interesting website Site and Insight where this first appeared, we get a view… Anne Wareham, editor         Througham Court – review by Pat Webster Are gardens intellectual […]



We closed our garden, by Abbie Jury

April 12, 2014

Yes, this is a conversation we have every year: shall we go on opening the garden? It’s very hard work and I end the season exhausted. It comes easier to the naturally gregarious, I suspect, the ones that don’t want to hide under the bed when people arrive. But for us, it’s the way we […]

Go it alone? by Rory Stuart

September 12, 2013

It’s an odd way to approach something which should be such a total, immersive, absorbing experience: to go round a garden with a guide or with the proud owner wittering at you. (sorry, Rory – would love to have you wittering at me anywhere…) Why not take a book, some music, prepare to linger?.. But […]



The Love of the Familiar by Alison Levey

June 5, 2013
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A nearly – winner  in the Chelsea 2013 competition. Nearly! Anne Wareham, editor Chelsea – a little bit familiar? by Alison Levey When I tell people I am going to The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show I generally get one of two reactions: either “ooh, I’ve always wanted to go there, I am intending […]