THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug18

Earth Friendly Gardening Books

Earth Friendly Gardening Books

Modern Mint are thrilled to announce we now have a collection of Earth Friendly Gardening Books now in stock!

Written by the brilliant and award winning gardener John Walker (who gave us a fantastic interview on this blog last year) we can now offer you the following titles in his oeuvre…

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The Brand New Book ‘Weeds’

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The Practical ‘How To Create An Eco Garden’

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2 Book Collection of Essays ‘Digging Deep’

Click on the photos above to read more about what makes these books such a worthwhile read… or visit the Modern Mint Shop.

If you want a quick run-down of why these books are such a worthwhile purchase, then see below:

  1. They offer practical advice that you can actually take action on at home in your own garden.
  2. The writer, John Walker, is an award winning writer who knows how to tell a story well – especially when it comes to earth friendly gardening!
  3. If this beautiful earth of ours is to be made even better, the ideas these books showcase need to be acknowledged.
  4. They are great value and can easily be popped into a bag, suitcase or even a pocket for reading on holiday. We often take them on the train with us into London, as they fit neatly into the back pocket of our jeans, making it easy to carry around.
  5. They make a fantastic gift for a friend – so don’t be shy in buying one!

I Only Have Enough Money for 1 Book – Which is Best?

They are all good, honestly, but the best if you are on a budget is ‘How To Create an Eco Garden.’ It is packed full of useful information and is a lovely, weighty book to hold in the hand. It includes lots of illustrations too.

(As a bonus, The Digging Deep books would be our second choice, as they are full of wit and really get you thinking. Buy Digging Deep the Collection 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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Apr27

Robinia – Pruning A Beautiful Tree For Small Gardens

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Robinia is often forgotten – by me, actually! – when thinking of plants for topiary. But when I work on it I do love it, brittle and soft as the wood is if you climb into it. But that danger of snapping a branch with a heavy step and falling out of the tree aside, I love it for the dappled light it allows into the garden space. Robinia Near The Sea Below is a Robinia I have gently clipped over the last few years, down near Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The tree was large when I arrived, although it is …

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