Victoria Summerley



Designing a Conceptual Garden by Jay Sifford

July 13, 2017

I’ve never been quite sure what a conceptual garden is. Victoria Summerley made a brave attempt at defining it, as “a garden that seeks to portray an idea, rather than provide a landscape design solution.”  And very recently, on the back of Hampton Court ‘Flower’ Show the idea became controversial.  Renamed strangely as a ‘statement […]

Not just a load of old coneflowers by Victoria Summerley.

May 15, 2014

Well, the biter bit. I keep contributors waiting for their pieces to be published for far too long. Just sometimes a contributor does the same thing and serves me right. Sorry Noel… Anne Wareham, editor A review of ‘Planting, a new perspective’, by Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf by Victoria Summerley: First, I must apologise […]



RHS judging: an interview with an RHS judge by Victoria Summerley

April 2, 2013

It may seem difficult to believe in the current wintry climate, but the Chelsea Flower show opens in a few weeks’ time. For the past few months, while the show garden designers have wondered whether their plants will survive the winter, the RHS has been re-examining the way it awards their medals. Victoria Summerley talked […]

Strictly Come Chelsea by Victoria Summerley

February 18, 2012

This piece is another act of dedication and concern from Victoria Summerley, who should have been packing for a much needed holiday rather than writing for us – and hopefully, for the RHS judges. (Her holidaying around means she will be unable to respond to any comments of queries on this piece) Her last piece […]



RHS consulation on the judging at Chelsea – response by Victoria Summerley

February 15, 2012

The RHS has just held a forum to discuss and get responses to their thoughts about changing the judging process at Chelsea. Victoria Summerley attended on behalf of thinkingardens and here is her response and her suggestions. I hope that the RHS will take note of her thoughts. I have never found it quite so […]

Victoria Summerley on The Maggie Centre

February 25, 2009

Victoria Summerley comments on Bridget Rosewell’s review of Dan Pearson garden at The Maggie Centre, Charing Cross, London.



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.”