THE MODERN MINT BLOG
3 ideas for becoming a better gardener – have clear eyes, a quiet mind and a gentle heart.
These pictures are from a trip to the west of Ireland last October. It was easy to sit on the beach here, to let go of worries and any stresses and just… allow the time to pass. It really was a place to cultivate the eyes, the mind and the heart.
Your garden is a place to do this too. Enjoy it, work on and with it, and allow it to change you in its soft and understated way.
Use your garden to cultivate clear eyes, a quiet mind and a gentle heart in you.
Guanock House needs a trainee topiary artist! Some of you may know it as the first home and garden of designer Arne Maynard, but is now owned and maintained by Michael Coleman and his wife Michelle. They offer meditation workshops and retreats there and it is as beautiful a house and garden as you could wish to visit. They called me in last Autumn to help shape up some of the topiary as it was all getting out of hand, but what it really needs is someone with a steady hand and lots of patience to take over the clipping …
Here are some photos of work I have been doing at the garden of Charlotte Molesworth in Kent. Snow and ice brings out the depth of the different planes and angles carved into the boxwood. A garden has to look beautiful in winter – and topiary (green architecture) helps do that! For more topiary pictures, click here.
I am an experienced teacher of topiary and pruning, running workshops in the topiary garden of Charlotte Molesworth in Kent, as well as for The English Gardening School and The European Boxwood And Topiary Society. So if you are a keen gardener, a garden club, a group of friends who want to know more or even an absolute beginner who has been bitten by the gardening bug, then do contact me about what you might like to learn. What a laugh we are having in this workshop session I ran for a group of friends in Essex… Many people employ …