THE MODERN MINT BLOG
End of May – so it must be time for Chelsea? Chelsea Fringe that is….
What is the Chelsea Fringe?
The Chelsea Fringe is a flower festival that coincides with the Chelsea Flower Show. It is the anarchic, fun, breaks all the boundaries ‘big’ little sister of the main Chelsea event – we say ‘big’ little sister because in some ways, though currently less well-known, it encourages more access to gardening for more people.
We love it, and it suits us here at Modern Mint – which is why we took part last year, with an online project which you can devour here, called ‘You Should Have Seen It Last Week…’
This year, 2015, we thought we should go one bigger and one better – get more people involved, be bolder, do something that really will last a long time – so we have created an ebook, free to read, download and share, filled with 100 word manifestos from gardeners around the country who shared with us why they garden.
It turned out fab, a fantastic glimpse into the minds of those who work the soil all over the UK. We are so grateful to all the people who took part, and to all the people who have read and shared the book (incidentally, the book supports the charity RBST. You should too!)
Please do support the Chelsea Fringe and please do go right on ahead and read our book for the Chelsea Fringe Festival – ‘Contemporary Green’ – we promise it will make you laugh, make you wonder, make you think.
Have a great weekend of gardening folks!
Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …
Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …
Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.