Reviews



A Chelsea garden in Monmouthshire reviewed by Patterson Webster and Anne Wareham

June 22, 2017

I recently had a very welcome visitor – Pat Webster of Site and Insight and garden maker of Glen Villa. Arne Maynard’s garden, Allt-y-bela is only half an hour away from Veddw, in Monmouthshire, and is basically only open to Bed and Breakfast guests (or people attending events) so Pat booked in for B&B and obtained […]

The Deckchair Gardener reviewed by Catharine Howard

April 27, 2017

When Catharine asked me if she could review The Deckchair Gardener for thinkingardens I just felt pleased – as you do when someone wants to review your book. I had no idea originally whether she would slam it, knowing my declared commitment to honesty, and I was anxious. It was only later, after I read her review, that […]



Essay on Gardening by Henk Gerritsen, reviewed by Catharine Howard

March 30, 2017

This review made me buy the book. It’s a real thinkingardens treat. But the cost on Amazon made me blench. Couldn’t find it cheaper. I ended up with the paperback at £27, with all the photos in black and white (see below). And I wanted to buy  Site, Sight, Insight: Essays on Landscape Architecture (Penn […]

“You Should Have Been Here Last Week” by Tim Richardson reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

March 2, 2017

This is one of those (few) books every thinkingardener wants to have to read in the bath. Anne Wareham, editor.           ‘You Should Have Been Here Last Week – Sharp Cuttings from a Garden Writer’ Bridget Rosewell: Did you know that John Denham wrote a poem in 1642 immortalising Cooper’s Hill, […]



Small gardens, anyone? Book Review by Susan Wright

November 17, 2016

Is this the book everyone wants? Small gardens? Anne Wareham, editor. New Small Garden reviewed by Susan Wright New Small Garden is Noel Kingsbury’s latest book.  It’s a comprehensive guide to the  “principles, planting and practice” of small gardens, a statement accurately reflected in the content. Though the gardens featured don’t look what you may […]

More Monet from Paul Steer

October 13, 2016

Never imagine that a book review on thinkingardens will be boring. Or that it will only tell you about the book being reviewed. There’s usually more meat on the bone, just as there is with this one by Paul Steer, – an artist and NGS garden opener. Anne Wareham, editor       Review by […]



Old Fashioned? Review by Mark Laurence

September 15, 2016

One of the earliest books I bought was Beth Chatto’s ‘The Dry Garden’  (1978) – no idea why since I garden in the wet West. (I did buy ‘The Damp Garden’ too though.) Dry gardens are still her theme thirty eight years later. Wonder if you’d be better off with the first one? This review will […]

Plume Puzzle by Adam Hodge

April 21, 2016

Jardin Plume is one of those gardens which not long ago got featured everywhere. So when Charles Hawes was in France for the Chaumont Garden Festival he made a long trek to go and see it. And I waited for his response with eager anticipation. He was disappointed. (Is this the inevitable consequence of too much […]



You may do unexpected things – a book review by James Golden

March 24, 2016

This looks like an unusually exciting book. (It’s on order..) I’m begining to wonder if America has all the best gardens now? Anne Wareham, editor A review of The Art of Gardening:  Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer by R. William Thomas and the Chanticleer gardeners “The entrance to the Chanticleer garden, in […]

And the view from the UK by Mark Laurence

February 25, 2016

I think that ‘Planting’ is an important book, but I was also struck when I read James’ review  that this was one of those times when the differences between the UK and America was quite significant. So I was very pleased when Mark Laurence offered thinkingardens a UK focused review of the book. And here it is. Anne […]



Another lovely coffee table book: Monet’s Garden in Art reviewed by Paul Steer

February 12, 2016

Well, I’ve heard of quite a few people disappointed by Giverny.  Maybe they’d do better to buy this book and enjoy renderings of the original garden on the page. Or not..? Anne Wareham, editor Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. ~Claude Monet Paul Steer: Monet’s Garden in Art by Debra N. Mancoff. Publisher – […]

Re-imagining Nature – a review by James Golden of “Planting in A Post Wild World”

January 8, 2016

The beginning of this review will seems strange to many of our readers outside America, but don’t be put off. I think this book may be important for all serious garden thinkers. Or – does it echo themes which are already very familiar to UK thinkingardeners? Anne Wareham, editor           Since […]



Paradise Gardens by Toby Musgrave, reviewed by Tristan Gregory

December 10, 2015

Well, it’s getting near to Christmas and you’re still not sure what you want for Christmas. You have your own copy of Outwitting Squirrels and half a dozen extra copies for various stockings and for that emergency when someone gives you a totally unexpected present. You’ve a long wait for Anne’s next book (Yes, it’s […]

Berchigranges Garden reviewed by Noel Kingsbury

November 26, 2015

Another garden review, and, as Noel says, also an opportunity for someone to get in there and wreck it..maybe take over. Anyone game? And is it the most beautiful garden in the world (apart from Veddw, of course)? And do you share Noel’s criteria for a special garden? This piece appeared originally in Noel’s blog, […]