Charles Hawes



‘There is a place for jokes, and a place for not-jokes’ – Ambra Edwards meets Ian Hamilton Finlay

December 1, 2016

This is the first of a series of repeated and rejuvenated early articles from thinkingardens. I’ve been aware for some time that there are excellent pieces on here which many people don’t find. (though there is an index on site) And that if they did, they’d find some of them rather less presentable than I’d like, […]

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 […]



Chelsea Parade, photographed by Charles Hawes

May 21, 2014

What people were wearing at Chelsea – during build up and on Press day. Photographs by Charles Hawes – and some from me. Some people you may know, many you won’t. #nomontydon Anne Wareham, editor   Then the afterthoughts by Anne: (though I have no idea how the first one arrived in my camera….)   […]

The whole world is a garden?…. by Charles Hawes

August 16, 2013

We appeared (Charles and me) in an exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (shut up, you at the back there…) and so went to the launch. At the launch we also saw an exhibition of (some rather lurid, – rather like my efforts on this site – some excellent) pictures from the International Garden […]



Chelsea 2013 uncovered by Charles Hawes

May 21, 2013

The photographers hope to get a press pass again next year…         Charles Hawes has a good selection of high resolution photographs of Chelsea Flower Show on GAP Photos. (Including one on the photo library front page.) The photographs on this page and other high res Chelsea photographs can also be obtained for […]

More books on Italian Gardens reviewed by Charles Hawes

March 27, 2012

Charles Hawes has a weakness for Italian Gardens and never misses a good opportunity to visit them. I think he’d quite like to take a tour of other interested garden visitors some day. Meanwhile, he is contenting himself with collecting books about them, and reviewing the books for thinkingardens. So here you are – more […]



A Photographer’s Response to Rory Stuart by Charles Hawes

December 14, 2011

I was hoping we might hear from photographers in response to Rory Stuart’s piece, and we did –  and this one was clearly too long to go in the ‘comments’. This discussion clearly moves the ball next into the garden owner’s and the (current) garden editors’ courts. The enormous response we got from the last piece […]

The Laskett reviewed by Emma Bond

July 8, 2011

“It is a shame that Sir Roy Strong is subjected to the now-obligatory drivel about his being a ‘national treasure’, because this unthinking cliché diminishes his contribution, over more than 50 years, to our cultural life, whether as a curator or, in later times, as a gardener.” Simon Heffer in The Spectator 6th August 2011 […]



Veddw reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

May 9, 2011

Just to wind up Matthew Appleby, who is complaining there is too much Veddw on this site… Having just been sent the review I can’t resist adding it to thinkinGardens – and I think I have earned a bit of self indulgence. Anne Wareham editor.   Bridget Rosewell: The garden made by Anne Wareham and […]

‘Italy’s Private Gardens’ by Helena Attlee and ‘Great Gardens of Italy’ by Monty Don: reviewed by Charles Hawes

March 14, 2011

Helena Attlee recently published a lavishly illustrated book on Italian gardens and this has now been followed by Monty Don’s book of his BBC 2 television series ” ‘Monty Don’s’ Italian Gardens.” ( I don’t imagine he owns them all, but you never know..) It seemed appropriate and useful to review the two books together. Anne […]



Letter from America – further comments

December 3, 2010

‘When someone describes something as ‘not their cup of tea’, it is telling you far more about them than the garden…..’ Philippa Perry

Scampston: The Walled Garden reviewed by Charles Hawes

September 21, 2010
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“So what is the point of it? … At just over 10 years old, this is a young garden…so for the time being the flowery parts of the garden are that much more important.”



Il Bosco della Ragnaia by Rory Stuart

September 15, 2010

“Is it a garden? Not in the English sense of the word, a place full of flowers. Is it a landscape? Yes, partly…”

Supper: January 2010

January 25, 2010

A garden is meaningless without good spaces.
In which Michael Balston froths, and also insists that water in gardens should feature “no turds, no alligators”…