Just Doing It! We may be daunted by the ever more dire warnings about the damage we have caused to our environment, global warming, decline of wildlife etc and it can seem beyond us as individuals to do anything to remedy the situation. We may admire people such as Jadav Payeng who over thirty years … Continue reading We Made a Wildflower Meadow
In his seventeen years at Huntingbrook Garden, Jimi Blake has cut a dash through the traditional herbaceous border, the shrub border, the woodland garden and is leading the way in Irish horticulture with his innovative approach to gardening, with his new plant trials and introductions but, most of all, in the manner in which he … Continue reading A Beautiful Obsession
Nigel Dunnett wants his gardens to reach those parts that other gardens cannot reach. In his thoughts, plans, designs and creations he aims to go beyond that found in most gardens; he wishes to create something which will elicit an emotional response – a basic human response deeper than the simple appreciation of beauty, of … Continue reading Seeking the Elusive Emotive Element in Garden Design
When historic account is populated with individual stories it becomes real, all the more interesting and more accessible to us. Should we read of a First World War battle, with deaths in the thousands, we are duly shocked but should we be told of a young Lancashire lad, who was under age when he enlisted, … Continue reading The Hidden Horticulturists
Some books give more than they have promised. Some books promise much and give even more and these books are to be treasured for they are rare things, giving testimony, insight and understanding to the deeper matters of our world and our lives. “Cherry Ingram” by Naoko Abe is such a book. Simplistically, this is … Continue reading The Cherry Man – A Fabulous Story!
This was the most interesting, enjoyable and informative book I’ve read in ages! At its very simplest, this book acts as a guide to 100 of the most significant gardens of the world with insights into their backgrounds, their cultural influences and place within the history of landscape design. However, the selection is arranged … Continue reading The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens.
A number of years ago I was guiding a small group of ladies, members of a visiting garden club, around our own garden. All was going along pleasantly, I thought, until there was a loud “But!” followed by a pause when I looked at the lady’s face, her mouth open and an expression which said, … Continue reading Yes, Gardening is Sexist and Personal!