What are gardens For?



Do me a big favour? by Anne Wareham

December 22, 2017

Do me a big favour – share this with someone who finds gardens totally boring  Anne Wareham, editor   I recently published a piece here, by Tim Ingram, asking what the purpose of a garden is. Tim basically said a garden is for botanical interest, for learning and for enjoying the pleasures of plants. And […]

Show gardens: what are they for? by Wanda Oprea

April 20, 2014

I would like to propose that show gardens could be simply for delight, illumination or challenge – or whatever we would like a great work of art to be. But that is still whistling in the dark. Maybe they are a form of flower arranging? The following is what Wanda Oprea thinks. And you? Anne […]



Go it alone? by Rory Stuart

September 12, 2013

It’s an odd way to approach something which should be such a total, immersive, absorbing experience: to go round a garden with a guide or with the proud owner wittering at you. (sorry, Rory – would love to have you wittering at me anywhere…) Why not take a book, some music, prepare to linger?.. But […]

A little self promotion..

June 20, 2013

I hope you’ll excuse this, but I wanted to remind everyone who may be interested that the garden at Veddw is open now. (and it may not be as far away as you think….it’s not deepest Wales…) And – to tell anyone who may not have registered, and who may be interested, that I am […]



What are Gardens For? by Rory Stuart reviewed by Bridget Rosewell

November 22, 2012

Here is a second second review of this book, in this case by Bridget Rosewell OBE.   What are Gardens for? Visiting, Experiencing and Thinking about Gardens Rory Stuart, Frances Lincoln, 2012 Bridget Rosewell: Don’t expect an answer to the question of the title, because if you do you won’t enjoy this book.  Instead focus on […]

What are Gardens for? by Rory Stuart, reviewed by Sheppard Craige

November 22, 2012

You may well wonder why we have two reviews of Rory Stuart’s new book for thinkingardens. Well, I was given one when I had already commissioned the other. It’s not the first time thinkingardens has offered more than one perspective, and it won’t be the last. And, as you will see, Rory himself has written […]