THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun17

Chelsea Fringe – It’s A Wrap!

Day 22
Day 22

Our Chelsea Fringe project ‘You Should Have Seen It Last Week…’ is now finished and up on the website, where you can see all the pictures taken by our brilliant collaborators… collaborators who hailed from all corners of the globe.

Their efforts were brilliant and the body of work fascinating – when flicking through the photos you get this record of nature in fast forward – it not only provokes comment (‘hey look, the colour of the sea today!’) but makes you question how worthy a plant may be (‘that peony took nearly three weeks to flower, then finished in two days…’)

We also loved this about the Chelsea Fringe – people came together, talked, shared, opened their arms up to each other – all because of the gardens they care for.

The reasons to garden are so varied – to save the planet, to save the pollinators, to grow food, to prune, to show off your skills or just to show-off – yet everyone is bound by the same rules… that sunlight, water and earth will mean something grows, and where something grows something is shared.

Here is what we share with you then, our Chelsea Fringe project for 2014, from 3 different continents and 6 different countries… you should have seen it last week? Well, now you can…

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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 garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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Apr27

Kites And Strings Podcast – Topiary In The Garden

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Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …

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