Stephen Anderton

Hampton Court Show 2010 reviewed by Stephen Anderton

October 4, 2010

“the question crying out to be asked is what does conceptual mean?”

Christopher Lloyd – His Life at Great Dixter by Stephen Anderton

March 27, 2010
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Reviewed by Jane Powers.
“The author is at his most entertaining when discussing the Daisy-Christo relationship, and it is with some regret that the reader finds her passing away in her favourite’s arms at the end of part one….”

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…”

Supper: May 2009

May 26, 2009

Do gardens have to include plants?
“…..And indeed, in some circumstances plants alone can be used conceptually to shock people…”

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 ….”

Coombe House, Devon reviewed by Stephen Anderton

May 1, 2008

Reflections on a visit to Plaz Metaxu (Coombe house) by Stephen Anderton.
“It is possible for an overpowering intellectual agenda for a garden to be the excuse for unconscious flights of great ugliness…”

Putting Gardens Back on the Cultural Map

September 26, 2007

thinkinGardens Symposium.
Report by Stephen Anderton.
“Gardens should be evaluated by all as an multidimensional dynamic art form, but no one should fear being judged because of that. A romantic vision and an intellectual approach are not mutually exclusive….”

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 It revives the rather outdated arts debate about ‘physical craft’ and ‘intellectual art’, reinforcing the view that gardening is about doing, not thinking…”

Lady Farm by Stephen Anderton and Anne Wareham

March 25, 2006
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“Perhaps the terraces are smaller than the house needs in the face of that big landscape prospect; it makes them seem suburban, a bit 1950s in fact, with the resin fairies…..”