Darryl Moore



Community Gardens: do we care?

July 17, 2014

I am very busy just now, so instead of the usual post  I am inviting a discussion by means of two links about community gardens. Do we really care about them? Are they a sop to a sentimental notion of community? Do they open up gardening?  Do we like them? Are they the future of […]

Monty Don’s French Gardens – a review by Darryl Moore

March 26, 2013

Thinkingardens has been rather over Montyied recently, but we rarely get a serious television programme about gardens, so a review of BBC 2’s series on French Gardens is essential. Apologies for the limited range of pictures. Charles prefers Italian gardens. The programme is not currently available but will no doubt be rebroadcast and become available […]



Sussex Prairies Garden reviewed by Darryl Moore

November 17, 2011

It may seem strange to have three reviews of one garden on the thinkingardens site. However, we are frequently told that different people experience gardens differently. It seems right to me that those differences, or lack of them, should be available for people to consider. It is interesting to me that the three thinkingardens reviewers saw similar […]

Mill Dene Garden reviewed by Darryl Moore

April 4, 2011

Darryl Moore is a valued garden critic on thinkinGardens, with an astute sense of the relationship between the owner and the garden and its implications (see also his piece on Coombe House/Plas Metaxu). I am grateful therefore to have this review of the garden Mill Dene in the Cotswolds, which was rather curtly dismissed in […]



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

Sissinghurst – BBC4 reviewed by Darryl Moore

May 3, 2009

“Ultimately the over-egged, warts-and-all approach to the fractious situation failed to be convincing….”



Nature Over Again: The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay by John Dixon Hunt

January 20, 2009
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Reviewed by Darryl Moore.
“John Dixon Hunt has established a niche for himself as a theorist who views gardens as places embodied with historic meaning and symbolic content….”

Coombe House reviewed by Darryl Moore

May 1, 2008

Reflections on a visit to Plaz Metaxu (Coombe House) by Darryl Moore.
“The Vista group visit to Coombe House to view Alasdair Forbes’ Plaz Metaxu garden proved to be interesting, not only in terms of viewing the garden itself, but also in relation to some of the debates it raises concerning gardens in general.”



The TARDIS Garden: thinking big about small spaces

November 3, 2007

Society of Garden Designers Conference, November 2007.
Reviewed by Darryl Moore.
“Whilst his style of presentation was no doubt intended to be irreverent and humourous, it became less coherent and relevant as his talk progressed.”

Reflections on Garden Discourse

August 12, 2007

by Darryl Moore.
The relation between gardens and art.
“But it is also important that the idea of art should be questioned, as it is neither a simple nor a universally understood concept or practice.”