Recommended Reading



‘There is a place for jokes, and a place for not-jokes’ – Ambra Edwards meets Ian Hamilton Finlay

December 1, 2016

This is the first of a series of repeated and rejuvenated early articles from thinkingardens. I’ve been aware for some time that there are excellent pieces on here which many people don’t find. (though there is an index on site) And that if they did, they’d find some of them rather less presentable than I’d like, […]

Colour! by Nigel Dunnett.

December 22, 2015

Ever since the Popes (remember them? Hadspen?) foretold in 1999 that colour would be the big thing in the new century, colour has been perhaps the least considered aspect of garden design among thinkingardeners and their ilk. Though I confess that, unrepentant, it has probably actually been one of my prime considerations in beds and borders. […]



Little Sparta by Tim Richardson

June 1, 2009

by Tim Richardson.
“….we are reminded of Finlay’s dictum: “Embark on a garden with a vision but never with a plan….”

Nature Over Again: The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay by John Dixon Hunt

January 20, 2009
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Reviewed by Darryl Moore.
“John Dixon Hunt has established a niche for himself as a theorist who views gardens as places embodied with historic meaning and symbolic content….”



The Garden of Cosmic Speculation reviewed by Tim Richardson

November 20, 2007
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“…The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is no longer a dialogue with the universe, it is a monologue about the universe. It is becoming The Garden of Comic Extrapolation, and someone needs to say it.”