Garden Reviews

Interested in a specific garden? See the Garden Index page for an alphabetised list (or the Garden Tweets page for short Twitter reviews).
We are not on our own in needing better criticism it seems – the literary world think they need to raise their game too: http://hatchetjoboftheyear.com/Hatchet-Job-2013.



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 […]

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, […]



Fuller’s Mill – a review by Helen Seal

November 6, 2015

Garden reviews at their best raise interesting questions which take their interest beyond the immediate garden being reviewed. For me this review by Helen Seal had me wondering about that critical second visit – how much does it change our initial reactions? And – yes, the Roy Strong effect: how much does it affect our […]

Sudeley Castle, a review by Tristan Gregory

August 3, 2015

If you are of a delicate disposition, look away now. Tristan is back. He visited Sudeley Castle, site of the grave of Katherine Parr. As usual, Tristan is unintimidated. And I too, was unimpressed when I last visited. I apologise for the photographs. Tech is not Tristan’s strong point. Anne Wareham, editor.         […]



Well loved – or totally forgotten? Russell Page Exhibition reviewed by Francois Gordon

May 14, 2015

Russell Page is being honoured at present by the Garden Museum in London. To publicise the exhibition, Christopher Woodward, the director of the Museum, wrote a piece for the Telegraph  headed ‘The most famous garden designer no-one has ever heard of’.’ This struck me as totally untrue, because if you ever mention the book ‘Education of a […]

This other Eden, demi-paradise? – a review by Noel Kingsbury

April 3, 2015

Such a relief when someone says ‘fantastic doesn’t mean flawless’…. Thanks, Noel! Anne Wareham, editor   Review of the Eden Project by Noel Kingsbury The Eden Project, since its opening in 1999, has kept itself in the top 15 or so British tourist attractions. Brilliant, given that its subject matter, economic botany, was always the […]



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 […]

I was wamblecropt with flowers: a review of Great Dixter by Robin White

December 26, 2014

I’ve been hoping for a review of Great Dixter, and now here it is, thanks to Robin White. And it’s the second piece I’ve now read recently about the garden: it is also featured in The Garden (RHS) in the October edition. (See here) One of the things people say to me often – you’ll […]



Paradise lost – a review of Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury by Kate Morgan

November 26, 2014

A sad thing, divorce. And this is a tale of more than one parting –  the gardeners of Abbey House Gardens, not known for any kind of modesty, are splitting up and leaving the garden. Abbey House Gardens used to do that silly and misleading thing of telling people they owned any pictures of the […]

A Keeper? – The National Botanic Garden of Wales reviewed by Tristan Gregory

June 13, 2014

It’s garden visiting time – come to Wales! You could visit Veddw (I know – sorry….but you’d be passing within 4 miles of us if you were visiting the National Botanic). So here’s a review of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, by our attack dog, Tristan Gregory.. Anne Wareham, editor. Tristan Gregory: On my […]



Rousham reviewed by Tristan Gregory

March 19, 2014

I have said before, in the introduction to Alison Levey’s piece about Rousham, that I have taken far too many trips to Rousham in a vain attempt to discover why it is so very highly regarded. Now it seems Tristan also has been disappointed. Why two pieces about the garden then? – because they make such very […]

Award worthy? a review of Abbotsbury by Tristan Gregory

September 26, 2013

Another review from the excellent writer, critic and plantsman Tristan Gregory, my most reliable garden reviewer. (yes, that is a heavy hint, laced with rebuke, everyone else..) A visit to Abbotsbury – voted HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year 2012, which inevitably raises my cynical suspicions – but it didn’t do badly in Tristan’s view.. Anne […]



Will they get it? A review of the Native Plant Garden at NYBG by Susan Cohan

July 30, 2013

This is an interesting review of a garden – and, as all good reviews do – it raises an interesting question. You don’t need a postcard to let us know what your answer is….. but you do need to view the post in your browser rather than in your email. (click the link…) Anne Wareham, […]

They fell asleep.. a review of Kiftsgate by Anne Wareham

July 11, 2013

I didn’t intend to write a review. I was just having a good day off and taking some photographs for Tristan’s piece. But it didn’t turn out like that: I found I hated the probability that all the masses of tourists at both Hidcote and Kiftsgate were thinking that this is the best that British […]