THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Feb08

Boxford Gardening Club

Last night Modern Mint visited a wonderful garden club in Suffolk, Oxford Gardening Club.

Darren presented one of his favourite talks – ‘What Do I Do With This Space?’ and sold several items afterwards, including the Modern Mint hand creams and hori hori knives. A hori hori knife is a Japanese trowel, a lethal weapon and an incredibly popular item on our shop – we also sold a few online last night, so are packing those up this morning!

Answers to Questions from Boxford Gardeners

The first question we need to answer is: who is the designer that worked with Piet Oudolf?

The answer is Henk Gerritsen.

Henk Gerritsen designed the gardens at Waltham Place.

Wrote ‘Essay On Gardening’.

Also put together a wonderful ‘plant bible’ of modern perennials, co-written with Piet Oudolf. All Henk’s writings are worth a read!

The second question is about mulching. We recommend Dalefoot Composts. They can be bought locally through Ian Tinton.

Lastly, we were asked: where can we see Darren talk in March?

The answer is at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury on March 12th.

See more about his new talk ‘Green Elements: Cultivating Your Garden In Extraordinary Times’ and get a ticket.

 

 

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022