THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar19

Estudio Caruncho – Worth A Look!

Estudio Caruncho is the garden design studio of one of our favourite garden designers, the Spaniard Fernando Caruncho.

Estudio Caruncho

Minimalist rather than maximalist, he has made some of the most iconic gardens of the last 20 years. Recently his own garden has taken something of a transformation too, as a plague wiped out the vast plantings of evergreen boxwoods and escallonia.

Reduced as the evergreen components were, it allowed him to replace it with masses of the annual white cosmos – you can read and see photos here of Caruncho’s Temporal Cosmic Garden.

But it is his work space we concentrate on today, via this wonderful article in Architectural Digest – Estudio Caruncho.

This is what the exterior of the office looks like…

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In typical Caruncho fashion, it uses deep greens set against strong forms. The buildings, of which there are 3, are cubes with little ornamentation to them and few windows.

Meanwhile, the interior is all concrete, skylights, high ceilings and Spanish pine…

interior estudio caruncho

Fernando Caruncho did something beautiful with the entrance to the Estudio. He made it small, so that when you enter you must stoop.

“The mere act of lowering one’s head, marks the beginning of a new story and a refreshed vision.”

We love to read what this man says, as it is always interesting and thoughtful, whilst provoking our own thoughts in turn…. this fable he recounted to the interviewer is a fine example of what we mean…

“There was a man who wanted to build himself a home. He started with the garden, and then he built a loggia where he could gaze upon the garden. Only later did he build a bedroom…

caruncho madrid estudio

Trachelospermum cover the walls.

… the art of living, this story suggests, is not about comfort. It is about keeping our relationship with nature at the center of our experience.”

 

Cultivating a relationship with nature, even if you do it in such a controlled and considered way as Caruncho has at his Estudio, sounds a fine way to go about designing your garden.

Read more about Fernando Caruncho and his planting palette.

Or see some notes on his Temporal Cosmic Garden.

 

Jun11

Azara – Another Great Shrub For Bees

We had never heard of nor come across Azara until this week, when we were asked to prune one that had turned into a small tree. Not an elegant shrub, even when pruned hard it still looked as if it wasn’t sure what size it was really supposed to be – large shrub or a small tree…?  Unsure why it had been planted until told, with no doubts whatsoever, it happens to have flowers that the bees ABSOLUTELY ADORE! Aah, so then…. Azara is a plant worth planting. Because of its slight lack of grace, perhaps substitute it in place of …

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Jun01

Helping The Honeybee – A New Talk For 2017

Helping The Honeybee A brand new talk for 2017, Darren has always gardened with bees and other pollinators in mind – this talk is a bringing together of all the plants your garden needs to make sure it is nectar rich. First presented at The Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture in 2017, for Essex Beekeepers Association, the ideas for plants in the talk will be written down by Darren ready to be published by Northern Bee Books in 2018. If you want to know how to help the bees, book this talk now! 

May31

One Tree Planted For Every Purchase In June

We will plant one tree, here in the UK, every time you make a purchase online here at Modern Mint in June 2017. Inspired by our Chelsea Fringe project ‘Capture Carbon In Your Garden‘, we will make sure your buying choices have power in this next month. Even if you only buy our cheapest item. Enjoy browsing, tell your eco warrior friends, and help make sure we can get some trees in the ground this month – thank you! Shop Now, For One Tree With Every Purchase.