Media Reviews



Learn Skills on the Web? reviews of My Garden School courses

April 16, 2015

The advent of online courses for garden interested people is another useful aspect of the web, making skills available to anyone who is online, no matter where they live. So – are they any good? We sent two thinkingardeners off (in cyber space) to find out. They did get a free course at My Garden […]

Show Me Your Best Back Garden – tv review by Alison Levey

January 12, 2015

I have been known to wonder if the New Perennial look is getting a bit passé. That was before I watched a bit of television…. Anne Wareham, editor       Alison Levey: Review of Britain’s Best Back Gardens and Show Me Your Garden For months and months of the year gardeners who watch television […]



Monty Don’s French Gardens – a review by Darryl Moore

March 26, 2013

Thinkingardens has been rather over Montyied recently, but we rarely get a serious television programme about gardens, so a review of BBC 2’s series on French Gardens is essential. Apologies for the limited range of pictures. Charles prefers Italian gardens. The programme is not currently available but will no doubt be rebroadcast and become available […]

Gardens Illustrated and The Garden – a comparative review by David Wong

October 26, 2012

You wait for years for one to come along… then you get two reviews of  The Garden in one year! Well, I don’t look gift horses in the mouth (I don’t look any kind of horses in the mouth) so here is a look at Gardens Illustrated and The Garden from David Wong. Anne Wareham, […]



Three views of the RHS by Elizabeth Musgrave

October 16, 2012

Apologies – this one has jumped the queue.. (nothing to do with me overlooking what’s on my schedule, of course..) Does the RHS offer anything which meets the needs of the thinkingardener? Elizabeth Musgrave gives that some thought.. Anne Wareham, editor Elizabeth Musgrave: I am a serial joiner of the RHS.  I join for a […]

Reviews of the The Garden by Graham Rice, Deborah Bird,and Bridget Rosewell.

February 6, 2012

A few months ago the RHS magazine The Garden had a major revamp and it seemed right to review the results. A little time has gone past, but the evaluation is of several copies. I wanted to get a spread of reaction and am grateful that I was able to do that. We have Graham Rice, […]



Alan Titchmarsh’s Garden Secrets: review

November 12, 2010

“Why do they have to turn everything into a banal makeover program? ‘…Oh yes – I’ll have a trompe l’oeil window in my hedge’.”

The Garden Magazine Market is Skewed

September 20, 2009
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A review of garden magazines by Matthew Appleby.



Sissinghurst – BBC4 reviewed by Darryl Moore

May 3, 2009

“Ultimately the over-egged, warts-and-all approach to the fractious situation failed to be convincing….”

Gardener’s World – 3rd April 2009

April 6, 2009
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thinkinGardens asked Matthew Appleby to review Gardener’s World.
“Trendy efforts such as fast cuts and (2007 vintage) Kate Nash music does not stop the show being one presented by a middle-aged man in a red anorak with a bald spot (on his head, not the coat).”