Isabel Bannerman describes scent wonderfully: Witch hazel has a clean sanatorium smell of pure alcohol and Elastoplast. The crushed gourd-shaped seed pods of Wintersweet, if crushed, smell of dusty cloves, spiced wines and the depths of unused drawers. The rose, ‘Rosarie de l’Hay’ smells of cucumber, tea and laundered tablecloths laid at a table on … Continue reading Scent Magic!
How to Grow Native Orchids in Gardens Large and Small Enthusiasts of our native orchids might well fear that a book on growing these precious and nowadays scarce plants in the garden is simply another threat to numbers in the wild but the very first few pages of this book will reassure them that … Continue reading How to Grow Native Orchids
Instead of engaging in a constant battle to adapt our gardens to suit plants would it not be better to search for plants that suit our gardens? This would require a radical shift in perspective which has much to recommend it and Olivier Filippi’s book, The Dry Gardening Handbook, will certainly convince you of the … Continue reading A Radical Shift in Perspective
The Swiss couple, Iwan and Manuela Wirth built the Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery on what was an abandoned farm on the outskirts of Bruton in Somerset and commissioned Piet Oudolf to design the gardens around it. From the beginning they made it clear that they didn’t want a garden to simply accompany the gallery … Continue reading Planting the Oudolf Garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
This is a book of two readerships, for lovers of gardening and lovers of art will both find much of interest in it. I read as a gardener and found the horticultural content appealing, the insights into art and the artists remarkable and was fascinated by the level of cross-over, or should I say “common … Continue reading The Artist’s Garden – A Review.
There is a photograph of Beth Chatto on page 8 of this book, a black and white photograph, which I imagine is of her in her forties. She has that lean-towards-the-camera pose which was so typical of her. Her bright smile and enthusiastic face light the shot; her hair is in a short, neat perm … Continue reading Beth Chatto: A Life with Plants – A Review
Great Gardens of London gives an insight into a selection of the horticultural jewels of the capital city of what is probably the greatest gardening country of the world. England is a treasure store of wonderful gardens and it comes as no surprise that the capital city, London, is home to a significant and most … Continue reading Great Gardens of London