Matthew Appleby



What do we want the garden media for? by Monty Don and Anne Wareham

March 5, 2013

A few weeks ago Matthew Appleby published a piece here about the use of celebrities in the media. It produced a great deal of comment, which you can see here, together with the original piece. In the course of all that comment it seemed to me that the topic moved on a little – or […]

Read the Comments..

January 4, 2013

You may well have read Matthew Appleby’s piece on celebrity columnists . I am drawing it to your attention again because it took on a life of its own after publication, creating massive discussion on LinkedIn, for example, and a great many comments on here. So if you just read the original piece I’d suggest it’s […]



Are we fed up of them all? by Matthew Appleby

December 21, 2012

Are gardens and gardeners being well served by the garden media? Are we fed up of seeing the same old faces, giving us the same old snowdrops every week? Here’s Matthew Appleby’s opinion about it. Happy Christmas, everyone!! Anne Wareham, editor. Matthew Appleby: This piece came about when I read several articles on thinkingardens analysing the RHS […]

The Garden Magazine Market is Skewed

September 20, 2009
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A review of garden magazines by Matthew Appleby.



Gardener’s World – 3rd April 2009

April 6, 2009
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thinkinGardens asked Matthew Appleby to review Gardener’s World.
“Trendy efforts such as fast cuts and (2007 vintage) Kate Nash music does not stop the show being one presented by a middle-aged man in a red anorak with a bald spot (on his head, not the coat).”

How to make your garden grow by Toby Buckland

April 3, 2009
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Reviewed by Matthew Appleby.
“Buckland denies there have been revisions other than cosmetic changes with pictures and design, including alteration of page order. He says he has been “trying to wean” himself off peat for four years.”



The Green Garden Expert by Dr D G Hessayon

March 3, 2009
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Reviewed by Matthew Appleby.
“….He’s the scientist and his advice was accepted and acceptable at the time. But this book attempts to rewrite history. A leopard can’t change its spots.”

Maggie Centre Garden, Charing Cross by Dan Pearson reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

February 1, 2009

Bridget Rosewell reviews Dan Pearson’s garden at The Maggie Centre, Charing Cross, London.
“Some rather dispirited perennial clumps do their best to break up the mulch and are backed by the now ubiquitous groups of multi-stemmed small trees.”



Is a Garden an Artwork?

April 15, 2007

Debated at the oxford Literary Festival 2007.
Reviewed by Matthew Appleby with comments by Anne Wareham.
“I loathe places like Hestercombe, but then on the other hand you have places like the Barbara Hepworth Garden which is more of an outdoor gallery.”