Chris Young



The Thinking Gardens Supper – what was it like? by Lucy Masters

March 5, 2014

At last – the account of the thinkingardens supper, which took place in London in the pouring rain and a tube strike. For all that sixteen people made it (see who at the bottom of this page) and it was excellently chaired by Chris Young, editor of the RHS The Garden. It was a great […]

Thinkingardens supper, February 2014

February 6, 2014

Just a short note to thank everyone who braved the tube strike and the pouring rain to come to the thinkingardens supper: what a turn out! And special thank you’s to Lucy Masters, who did all the hard work and organisation brilliantly, and to Chris Young for being such a good chair. Xx We had […]



Chelsea – what do you think?

May 10, 2013

There’s a prize in this – but time’s up now!!! (I have sent the entries off to our impartial judge – I thought that knowing some of the entrants was not a good thing. Result will be declared on the 8th June! Watch this space….) I get very bored with relentless Chelsea at this time of year […]

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 […]



Boughton House – Kim Wilkie’s Orpheus reviewed by James Alexander-Sinclair

February 28, 2011
Boughton House Orpheus, design byKim Wilkie ©Charles-Hawes

“Perfect, Impressive, Majestic and Splendid. It is the sort of thing that makes one sigh from the pleasure of it all. And I did..

But…”

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



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…”

I Hate Designing Gardens by Suzanne Albinson

March 4, 2010
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by Suzanne Albinson.
“the client went to a local nursery and purchased a job lot of trees on sale and stuck them in all over the place and completely shot the design…”



The Garden Visitor’s Companion by Louisa Jones

November 3, 2009
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Reviewed by Chris Young.
“The author’s aim is to get the reader thinking, questioning what they see, and how they see it….”

Supper: June 2009

June 9, 2009

Is garden design a frivolous luxury in straitened times?
“Clearly, it all centres on one’s appreciation of gardens…”



Considerations for garden visitors by Anne Wareham

August 10, 2008

by Anne Wareham.
“Try some adjectives: – risk taking, banal, complacent, incomprehensible, exciting, disturbing? – to help you focus on just what you feel about it.”
With responses from Mike Gerrard, Antony Woodward, Tim Richardson, Jenny Woods, Clive Nichols, Chris Young, Yue Zhuang and Rebecca Wells.

Chelsea 2008

June 4, 2008
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Three of the thinkinGardens Group made a short film recording their thoughts.
“But for me, when I look over an edge and down into a space, I want to be rewarded and uplifted ….”



In the Name of Art

June 9, 2007

Corinne Julius’ Viewpoint piece for The Garden.
“The preoccupation of many gardeners with plants above all else alienates many artistic observers. It revives the rather outdated arts debate about ‘physical craft’ and ‘intellectual art’, reinforcing the view that gardening is about doing, not thinking…”