Time for new controversies by Anne Wareham

October 13, 2011

in Editorial

Thinkingardens is getting review heavy.

This is not a complaint. For a long time we were unable to get books unless I bought them – we are now being offered review copies and I am finding excellent thinkingardens contributors to write them. For both – many thanks.

For a long time too I despaired of getting garden reviews, which ought to be our life blood given their almost total absence elsewhere (they are beginning to appear in blogs and this will ultimately be a game changer). We are now being offered them and this has been an exciting development alongside the Garden Tweets. Thank you, everyone.

There is a depressing and increasing number of books and websites supposedly offering opinion about ‘Britain’s Finest Gardens’ and similar which actually ask for payment from the garden owners for the gardens to appear. Clearly, in this phoney world honest opinion is gold.

All this is brilliant and keeps me frantically busy.

However, I would, being a greedy soul, like to balance all these goodies with more articles (though you do know I can’t pay..) which raise good interesting topics of the kind that tend not to be countenanced elsewhere. ie not another boring piece about bulb planting – or even horticulture. Or permaculture. Or allotments. Or plants. Or GYO. There is more than enough of that.

There are a great many things to discuss about gardens and here is my invitation to make a contribution if you have something intelligent and interesting to say. If you don’t, I will. You have been warned….

Anne Wareham, editor.

Anne Wareham portrait copyright Charles Hawes

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Susan in the Pink Hat October 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I’m thrilled that this site is filling the niche it is, which presumes that all gardeners aren’t neophytes, that we know how to make compost, plant a tree, grow veg. Even more, to find that it is possible to visit a famous garden and that it’s okay to not be impressed, that even well planned or intentioned design can miss the mark. In short, to find a site that acknowledges that destruction and chaos is as important to great gardening as order and growth. We should be paying you for that kind of service.


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