THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May10

Transforming Topiary

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Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her …

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Nov19

Fernando Caruncho, A Couple More Interviews To Read…

Fernando Caruncho is a garden designer from Madrid. I am always inspired by his work – his clean lines, ‘green architecture’, sense of proportion, balance and minimal plant palette. This seems to bring out the atmosphere of the garden, the space, intensifying its… spirit. I have written about him a lot – here, for example… and here. But recently I have discovered a few more interviews with him, so thought I would link to his words as he always has something interesting to say, the opposite of prosaic. This first interview from the Society of Garden Designers will give you …

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Jun06

The Garden In Motion

During lockdown I went through a number of old notebooks. I found a note about Gilles Clement and The Garden In Motion – Le Jardin En Mouvement. Underneath my note I had written: “To be researched more! Something to definitely think over!” Now, five years later I have looked again… and am thrilled by this idea. The Garden In Motion is about taking a piece of unused land, and then as the gardener you make choices to do ‘as much as possible for the land and as little as possible against’ it. You are talking about limited input – watering, …

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Mar19

Topiary Design: Thinking About Pruning

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Topiary design is something I think about a lot. Well I would, what with being a topiary artist who makes and maintains topiary, hedges and shrubs throughout the year. Topiary Design I am still searching for a way to share with you why I prune certain plants a certain way. The easiest answer for me to give is – “because pruning it that way is what it needs. That is just what the plant told me to do.” But let’s face it, that is of no use to you. Firstly because it gives you nothing specific or tangible to start …

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