Anne Wareham



The Deckchair Gardener reviewed by Catharine Howard

April 27, 2017

When Catharine asked me if she could review The Deckchair Gardener for thinkingardens I just felt pleased – as you do when someone wants to review your book. I had no idea originally whether she would slam it, knowing my declared commitment to honesty, and I was anxious. It was only later, after I read her review, that […]

Gardeners, Designers – or Garden Makers? by Anne Wareham

August 18, 2016

My apologies. This was not the piece I intended to publish this week, and I had no intention of popping up again so soon to annoy you. But today I got annoyed and you know how rare that is. For many years I had wanted to define and articulate the difference between those people who […]



Garden allusions, by Noel Kingsbury, Anne Wareham, and Yue Zhuang

April 6, 2016

This piece, originally posted as ‘Allusion in Gardens’ arose out of a discussion about my use of an informal box parterre at Veddw. The intention is to allude to the local field boundaries indicated on the Tithe Map of the area in 1848, creating a link with the surrounding landscape. Definition of ‘allusion’. The discussion […]

Do we need Garden Experts? by Anne Wareham

July 20, 2015

I know – you waited all this time for a new piece and now it’s just me. Still: is it time we changed our perspective on ‘Garden Experts’? What do you think? Anne Wareham, editor     Anne Wareham: This winter, Graham Rice , a garden expert if ever I met one,  put up a post on […]



I like the grasses: fun at a Gallery.

December 5, 2014

Yesterday Charles and I paid a visit to the new gallery,  Hauser and Wirth, in Somerset.  You’ll be hearing much about this place as Piet Oudolf has designed a garden for it. This is not a review – the garden is very new (though of course it has already been photographed and featured in the […]

At the Herefordshire Hub by Tristan Gregory

November 13, 2014

This year has been one where talking together has been opening up, and not just under the auspices of  thinkingardens. The RHS held a debate which  Helen Gazeley reviewed here and which is now on YouTube, here – ‘Are Gardens Art?’ so you can judge it for yourselves. There were the thinkingardens suppers, which you […]



Are Gardens Art? review by Helen Gazeley

August 8, 2014

The promised review of the Royal Horticultural Event at Wisley. Thanks to Helen Gazeley for the review, Suzanne Moss for organising the event and Charles Hawes for the photographs. And here is a recording of the entire proceedings. (warning- it’s over an hour long…) Anne Wareham, editor Helen Gazeley: Are Gardens Art? This was the […]

Criticism of criticism by Anne Wareham

May 23, 2014

“Your descriptions of Seats & Gardens . . . are often imperfect, frequently flippant, & sometimes false…….Be advised therefore from a friend to your Fame, as well as your Peace of mind; and do not print any thing that will either hurt or offend the Owners of Places, when in so doing, you will bring […]



We should find out what people think by Anne Wareham

October 3, 2013

Mary Keen recently came across a blog post which was frank about the writer’s opinion of her garden. It was clear from her response both in her comments and a subsequent article that she was genuinely shocked and surprised to discover what they thought. It was what a lot of people that I have heard […]

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 […]



What do we want the garden media for? by Monty Don and Anne Wareham

March 5, 2013

A few weeks ago Matthew Appleby published a piece here about the use of celebrities in the media. It produced a great deal of comment, which you can see here, together with the original piece. In the course of all that comment it seemed to me that the topic moved on a little – or […]

Aberglasney, a review by Anne Wareham

September 27, 2012

I visited Aberglasney in September this year (2012) and so took the opportunity to review it for thinkingardens. By way of an extra. Anne Wareham, editor Aberglasney The garden at Aberglasney burst into the world in a television series some years ago. The series was based round the archaeological work which was going on, and […]



Chelsea 2012 by Anne Wareham

May 22, 2012

I did my usual for Chelsea – asked people I met on Press Day a question I thought would be of interest to thinkingardeners. Less celebrities this time. All pictures by Charles Hawes, but the unnamed person in them, while bearing a passing resemblance to me, is clearly fifteen years older and much heavier… Anne Wareham editor […]

Chelsea best: “Quiet Time: Korean DMZ Forbidden Garden” designed by Jihae Hwang

May 22, 2012

I’d like to say just how different the “Quiet Time: Korean DMZ Forbidden Garden” is. It gained Gold for its sheer quality and the excellence of the design, but its remarkable feature was the fact that it  has powerful and accessible emotional content.  This was no facile ‘theme’ but a discussion of reconciliation and healing […]