Reviews



Meet the Laidees – a book review by Katherine Crouch

June 22, 2015

What is it with gardening that it seems determined to be stuck in a genteel 1950s? I couldn’t believe this title. But it has one of the very best photographers, so I thought we ought to have a look. Anne Wareham, editor.           First Ladies of Gardening:  Pioneer designers and dreamers. […]

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 […]



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 […]

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 […]



Great Garden Design by Ian Hodgson, reviewed by Katherine Crouch.

March 24, 2015

I wonder: are all great garden designs, as in this book, designed by professional garden designers? What do you think? Is there a kind of garden apartheid – garden designs on one side, gardens on the other? Anne Wareham, editor Great Garden Design by Ian Hodgson, A review by Katherine Crouch This book is a […]

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 […]



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 […]

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 […]



Shrubs are the Next New Thing: a review of ‘Shrub Features’ by Michael King.

December 18, 2014

Time to review an ebook – in this case a self published ebook by Michael King: Shrub Features. Many thanks to Sarah Coles for her perseverance and excellent review. Michael may be best known for his work on grasses and meadows, and is co-author of with Piet Oudolf of one of my most battered and […]

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 […]



Which nature? Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris: a review by Catharine Howard

October 7, 2014

Before  you ask, rambunctious means difficult, hard to deal with – as in children and – nature.It’s an Americanism. Don’t be put off if you’re in the UK, this is interesting stuff. With thanks to Catharine Howard. Anne Wareham, editor Catharine Howard: Emma Marris writes about nature and ecology for several prestigious American magazines – […]

Wheelbarrows and Illusions by Clare Hoffman.

August 25, 2014

 A review of Remaking a Garden by Roy Strong. Sad to say we have another thinkingardens reviewer who is less than enamoured of the Laskett. An interesting and challenging review by Clare Hoffman of ‘Remaking a Garden- The Laskett Transformed’ by Sir Roy Strong and Clive Boursnell. Anne Wareham, editor Clare Hoffmann: The entrance hall […]



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 […]

Too polished? Review of the blog ‘View from Federal Twist’ by Lucy Masters

June 4, 2014

A very long time ago I promised you reviews of blogs, and indeed, I’ve had this one for a while, as usual. But here it is at last, and it’s by Lucy Masters, the amazing organiser of the thinkingardens suppers (sorry, the Veddw one is fully booked already). And it’s of a blog by another […]