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Mar31

Desert Island Plants… by Modern Mint

Desert Island Plants… by Modern Mint

When the amazing Beth Chatto was asked about the plants she could not live without, she said, “Amelanchier lamarckii… Good form in winter, lovely foliage in spring or autumn, prettier than many cherries (daintier) – and interesting longer.”

When they asked the brilliant Christopher Lloyd the same question, one of his choices was a dahlia, “ ‘Hillcrest Royal’ is a spiky medium cactus of brilliant purple, not quite magenta colouring.”

In 2009 Gardeners’ World asked the nation for their favourite flower. The result? We chose the rose.

Now, for the 2016 Chelsea Fringe, we want to ask you again – is the rose still a favourite bloom? Which plants could you not live without? Which flowers must you have if stranded on a desert island?

Desert Island Plants

How do we take part?

Send a photo (or illustration) of a plant you love and then complete the following sentence in your own words…

My Desert Island Plant would be…

What you write can be any length you want – one word, a paragraph or even a whole story – we just want to know why this plant is worth a spot in your heart.

You can send your photo, with text, to us at info@modernmint.co.uk (we will then post it on Facebook), tweet it to us by including @ModernMintLtd in your tweet, or post it on our Facebook page.

You can send us up to 5 of your Desert Island Plants.

Don’t forget to include your name, the plant variety if applicable and a website address if you have one!

What Happens Next?

The best reasons for choosing your desert island plants will be published on the Modern Mint website at the end of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, where you can decide if you agree with the most popular desert island plants… or not!

(The easiest way to stay updated about this project is to sign up here.)

When do we send our photos and text?

Begin sending, tweeting and posting Modern Mint from tomorrow, April 1st 2016…

Who Would We Like To Hear From?

Everyone and anyone!

Have Modern Mint Done The Chelsea Fringe before?

Yes, we have!

In 2015 we curated the project Contemporary Green which was voted a highlight of the festival and in 2014 we made “You Should Have Seen It Last Week…”

We hope you will join us at the Chelsea Fringe Festival 2016 for Desert Island Plants… by Modern Mint.

Don’t forget, the easiest way you can get updates on Desert Island Plants is by signing up. Go sign up now!

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The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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