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Hort Park, Singapore reviewed by Jonathan Fothergill

April 22, 2011

Travel time, readers from UK and USA – here’s interesting in South East Asia – a great piece from Jonathan Fothergill on Hort park, Singapore. Anne Wareham, editor Singapore, famed for its cut orchids and its botanic garden, has a new kid on the garden block.  Billed as a ‘One-stop gardening hub’ the HortPark is […]

Response to I Hate Designing Gardens

April 4, 2010

by Chris Young.
“…one of my new year’s resolutions was not to give my advice too freely…”



Alison Brooks on The Maggie Centre

April 25, 2009

Alison Brooks, Chair of the RIBA judging panel on The Maggie Centre, Charing Cross, London.

Kim Wilkie on The Maggie Centre

February 25, 2009

Kim Wilkie comments on Bridget Rosewell’s review of Dan Pearson’s garden at The Maggie Centre, Charing Cross, London.



Joan Edlis on The Maggie Centre

February 25, 2009

Joan Edlis comments on Bridget Rosewell’s review of Dan Pearson’s garden at The Maggie Centre, Charing Cross, London.

Victoria Summerley on The Maggie Centre

February 25, 2009

Victoria Summerley comments on Bridget Rosewell’s review of Dan Pearson garden at The Maggie Centre, Charing Cross, London.



Jane Stevens on “Gender and the Garden World” by Anne Wareham

March 7, 2008

Jane Stevens comments on Anne Wareham’s article on gender and the garden world.

Sally Gregson on “Girly Gardens – or not?”

March 1, 2008

“I read the ongoing debate about ‘flowers’ versus ‘design’ among garden designers and commentators with a knowing smile. I remember the self-same discussion when I entered horticulture 25 years ago.”



Amanda Patton on “Gender and the Garden World” by Anne Wareham

March 1, 2008

Amanda Patton comments on Anne Wareham’s article on gender and the garden world.

Noel Kingsbury on “Girly Gardens – or not?”

February 25, 2008

“I’ve had a look at the Ann Pearce garden, and for I’m afraid me it sums up so much of what I really hate about modern garden design – subjectively I found it sterile and unfeeling; objectively unsustainable and wildlife-unfriendly. Sorry, I hate saying this about people’s work, but we are meant to be engaged in a debate here, and I am just going to say what I think. Give me a girly garden full of flowers. Or for that matter an old guy with loads of petunias and French marigolds at 330mm intervals. Or a load of weeds…”



Bridget Rosewell responds to comments on “Girly Gardens – or not?”

February 19, 2008

“When I was a resident of West Oxfordshire – flat Thames plain – I became very interested in the hortus conclusus perhaps as an escape and contrast to that boring agricultural landscape in which Didcot Power Station is visible from practically everywhere. And I wanted detail, planted order and planted cornucopia to give me variety. Now I live in London and Monmouthshire amid very different landscapes…”

Anne Beswick on “Girly Gardens – or not?”

February 18, 2008

“I first saw Ann Pearce’s garden in The Times of Jan 06 and thought it was great. I took the article in to an evening class I was doing in garden design. They had learnt to look at things other than bright flower colour and were now happy with ideas of balance and proportion in the garden. But they didn’t like Ann’s garden. ‘It’s all right, but not for me’ was the general consensus. Leading people out of their comfort zone is difficult.
I confess that I was a bit disappointed.”



Ann Pearce on “Girly Gardens – or not?”

February 15, 2008

“I would like to begin my reply to Bridget’s response by quoting Stendhal …….. ‘what we find beautiful is the promise of happiness’. As we all know, the pursuit of happiness is not only a deeply personal one but also highly elusive and ever changing due to the complex world we live in. Therefore there are as many styles of beauty (or gorgeousness!!) as there are visions of happiness.”

Jo Eliot responds to “Gender and the Garden World” by Anne Wareham

February 12, 2008

Jo Eliot comments on Anne Wareham’s article on gender and the garden world.