Beth Chatto



What style? by Kate Cox

May 11, 2017

If you’re a garden designer, do you design gardens based on what you love? On what originally inspired you to become a designer? On your own garden? On major public gardens? Or what the client wants? I hope Kate won’t mind me saying that she struggled with this piece, developing her thinking as she went […]

The Lesson of Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden

September 29, 2016

Troy Scott-Smith  suggested that Andrea Russo and Paola Avesani would be good people to review Beth Chatto’s latest book Drought Resistant Planting. It turned out that language problems were going to make that difficult, so instead they wrote a piece for thinkingardens about their interest in learning from Beth Chatto’s garden. Anne Wareham, editor       […]



Old Fashioned? Review by Mark Laurence

September 15, 2016

One of the earliest books I bought was Beth Chatto’s ‘The Dry Garden’  (1978) – no idea why since I garden in the wet West. (I did buy ‘The Damp Garden’ too though.) Dry gardens are still her theme thirty eight years later. Wonder if you’d be better off with the first one? This review will […]

Nine Questions – Duncan Brine

June 4, 2010

by Susan Cohan.
An interview with American garden designer Duncan Brine.



Should we trust anyone’s opinion on a garden except our own?

October 25, 2008

by Tim Richardson.
“Beth Chatto’s garden was never going to be ‘my thing’, exactly, but I found it all rather underwhelming….”