Tristan Gregory



Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden by Dan Pearson reviewed by Tristan Gregory

September 27, 2017

Someone somewhere may have been wondering why Thinkingardens had disappeared. My apologies – I’ve been on a post garden opening holiday and recovery break. I am especially grateful to Tristan for this review, knowing how fraught his life also is these days. Whoever thought garden makers have a quiet life? Anne Wareham, editor     […]

Paradise Gardens by Toby Musgrave, reviewed by Tristan Gregory

December 10, 2015

Well, it’s getting near to Christmas and you’re still not sure what you want for Christmas. You have your own copy of Outwitting Squirrels and half a dozen extra copies for various stockings and for that emergency when someone gives you a totally unexpected present. You’ve a long wait for Anne’s next book (Yes, it’s […]



Sudeley Castle, a review by Tristan Gregory

August 3, 2015

If you are of a delicate disposition, look away now. Tristan is back. He visited Sudeley Castle, site of the grave of Katherine Parr. As usual, Tristan is unintimidated. And I too, was unimpressed when I last visited. I apologise for the photographs. Tech is not Tristan’s strong point. Anne Wareham, editor.         […]

The Cost of a Garden by Tristan Gregory

May 6, 2015

I have to report, with mixed feelings, that the demands of happy domestic life have taken over one of our best and most prolific contributors. How could I not be happy for Tristan? Or sorry for us? So this may be one of fewer Tristan Gregory contributions. One thing is for sure: a happy domestic […]



At the Herefordshire Hub by Tristan Gregory

November 13, 2014

This year has been one where talking together has been opening up, and not just under the auspices of  thinkingardens. The RHS held a debate which  Helen Gazeley reviewed here and which is now on YouTube, here – ‘Are Gardens Art?’ so you can judge it for yourselves. There were the thinkingardens suppers, which you […]

A Keeper? – The National Botanic Garden of Wales reviewed by Tristan Gregory

June 13, 2014

It’s garden visiting time – come to Wales! You could visit Veddw (I know – sorry….but you’d be passing within 4 miles of us if you were visiting the National Botanic). So here’s a review of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, by our attack dog, Tristan Gregory.. Anne Wareham, editor. Tristan Gregory: On my […]



Rousham reviewed by Tristan Gregory

March 19, 2014

I have said before, in the introduction to Alison Levey’s piece about Rousham, that I have taken far too many trips to Rousham in a vain attempt to discover why it is so very highly regarded. Now it seems Tristan also has been disappointed. Why two pieces about the garden then? – because they make such very […]

Be critical! by Tristan Gregory

February 10, 2014

I have had no difficulty getting reviewers of books or magazines for thinkingardens, but people are still backward in coming forward with garden reviews. We need them. Tristan suggests why and how… I hope it will encourage you to send them piling in…. Anne Wareham, editor PS I realise this sounds a little ungracious towards […]



Award worthy? a review of Abbotsbury by Tristan Gregory

September 26, 2013

Another review from the excellent writer, critic and plantsman Tristan Gregory, my most reliable garden reviewer. (yes, that is a heavy hint, laced with rebuke, everyone else..) A visit to Abbotsbury – voted HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year 2012, which inevitably raises my cynical suspicions – but it didn’t do badly in Tristan’s view.. Anne […]

Death careering round the trees – a review of Hidcote by Tristan Gregory

July 3, 2013

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Paul Joseph Goebbels I come to bury Hidcote, not to praise it? … Photographs taken by the editor and Charles Hawes, on a separate trip two weeks after Tristan. Anne Wareham, editor   Tristan Gregory: Last year […]



Powis Castle: a review by Tristan Gregory

April 29, 2013

Gardens are reopening, and it’s garden reviews time again. Remember thinkingardens when you make a visit.. And, just by the way, – I am now blogging regularly and personally  here. (Even about gardening. Sometimes… here’s piece on weeding and one on ‘What not to do in your garden in April’  – you are nearly too late!) The […]

Three Actors by Tristan Gregory

March 11, 2013

Speaks for itself, this article. It comes with a great addition: a piece of original artwork by Paul Steer, created especially to accompany this piece. Thank you to both contributors – and anyone/thing else involved…. Anne Wareham, editor Tristan Gregory: I was cutting away at some Hawthorn trees one Saturday morning in an attempt to […]



Gardens in History by Louise Wickham reviewed by Tristan Gregory

February 21, 2013

The full title of the book under review here is “Gardens in History, a political perspective” and it reminds us once again that gardens have always been for more than gardening. Thanks to Tristan for this excellent review. Anne Wareham, editor Gardens in History is a book written to emphasise the importance of gardens as […]

If not spectacle, what? by Tristan Gregory

October 15, 2012

Last week Tristan Gregory proposed that we may need respite from spectacle. (see ‘Spectacle or not’) This week he continues his theme by discussing what might come next.. Anne Wareham, editor Tristan Gregory:  In a previous piece I made a case for adapting the philosophy of landscape to make the space available to us into […]