Garden Design



Posh Day Out for Katherine Crouch

April 13, 2017

Although this took place quite some time ago, it seems to me that many thinkingardens readers will find interest in what goes on at this prestigious annual event. And others will simply find it very entertaining. With thanks to our willing victim, Katherine Crouch. Images courtesy of Society of Garden Designers. Anne Wareham, editor   […]

Can a walk be a garden? The High Line revisited by Bridget Rosewell.

January 25, 2017

We’re back, troublesome as ever. Has anyone else bar Bridget found the High Line less than perfect? Count on thinkingardens for a different view… Anne Wareham, editor           Bridget Rosewell: What is it about the High Line in New York which generates such plaudits?  I visited it in the summer of […]



Designers Damned by Lou Nicholls

November 3, 2016

I know that garden designers, gardeners and garden makers read and contribute to thinkingardens, so here’s a cat to set amongst you pigeons. Does it hit a spot? Or is it totally unreal? Feel free to comment, or even to offer a piece countering the case made here. Anne Wareham, editor         What […]

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 […]



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 Magic by George Carter. Reviewed by Ann Hawkins

October 8, 2015

Here’s a garden designer I really admire and enjoy. This is his latest book, Garden Magic, reviewed by Ann Hawkins. Apologies for fuzzy pictures – you’ll  just have to buy the book…or visit George Carter’s website)             Garden Magic by George Carter The overwhelming feeling I get when leafing through […]



Messing about in Boats by Cherie Lebbon

September 23, 2015

“Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows   Here’s someone who has responded to that challenge. And contemplated the gardens on the way… Anne Wareham, editor   Cherie Lebbon: I have […]

Does employing a garden designer lose you your garden? by Michael McCoy

October 31, 2014

Perhaps it’s not easy to feel that your garden is really your own when you have had a garden designer working on it? Do you feel free to amend the planting and to make changes? A version of this article by Michael McCoy originally appeared in the excellent Australian website Garden Drum, which publishes the […]



More Chelsea

June 15, 2014

I’m risking boring everyone with more Chelsea stuff – in this case, some thoughts about the actual 2014 show: mine and those of Katherine Crouch. I promise that normal service will be resumed shortly. (ie not quite so often ..) Anne Wareham, editor I couldn’t design a Chelsea garden. I’m not a trained designer and […]

Everyone has their idea of paradise: an interview with John Sales by Anne Wareham

May 7, 2014

I’ve been preoccupied with the gap between the professionally designed garden and the garden of the serious amateur for some years, particularly because I experience garden design as an ongoing process which I am involved with daily at Veddw, rather than a one off planning exercise. Then I met John Sales, former National trust Head […]



Clump or Mingle? by Noel Kingsbury

October 31, 2013

Now, after all that discussion and noise in response to Thomas Rainer’s piece  about intermingling planting, here is Noel’s reply to Thomas. (and sorry, he hadn’t read all your comments before writing it..) I must apologise to all those who deplore my  (quote) “relentless puffing of Veddw garden everywhere you can, especially on thinkingardens”  but it […]

Mingle or clump? by Thomas Rainer

October 29, 2013

This is going to be challenging and interesting, everyone, (get your brains out) and it is just what thinkingardens is for. Recently Thomas Rainer published a post on his excellent blog raising questions in response to Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf’s latest book, Planting, a New Perspective. I asked him to write us a piece […]



James van Sweden – a memoir by Noel Kingsbury

October 24, 2013

A short time ago James van Sweden died. I vividly remember the excitement I felt when I first came across the book ‘Bold Romantic Gardens’ which he wrote with Wolfgang Oehme. (It seems my copy is now worth £60.10) Noel Kingsbury wrote a memoir on his blog  and also kindly gave me permission to use it here. […]

Conspicuous Design by Tim Richardson

August 7, 2013

I am very grateful for the generosity of Tim Richardson and the editor, Sarah Giles, of the Garden Design Journal for permitting me to use this piece, which I think raises an issue, as Tim says, of special importance to designers of small gardens. (as opposed to small garden designers..) I  don’t have handy examples of over-design, […]