THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Feb23

Green Elements at The Quay Theatre, March 12th

In less than two weeks my brand new talk Green Elements: Cultivating Your Garden In Extraordinary Times will be presented, for the first time ever, at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

The date is March 12th and the time will be 3pm.

See what the blurb says about the talk.


For those of you this kind of thing matters to, there is no 6 Nations rugby on that afternoon. So don’t panic, you won’t be missing out if you come to the Quay Theatre….


Greener Sudbury, a community group in the town who are committed to making the area a better place for wildlife, were the driving force behind me putting this talk together.

They wanted to find a fun way to give people the skills they need to make a garden that really zings – a garden filled with flowers, pollinators and the best tasting, freshest food you can imagine.

Oh, and could I teach people how to do that when their time is limited as well?

Of course I can. I have made a habit of it, through the garden consultations, tidies, topiaries and other work I have completed with Modern Mint over the last few years.

What Will Green Elements Be About Then?

Green Elements at the Quay Theatre on March 12th will consist of me, with a table full of interesting tools, food, flowers and other unusual garden paraphernalia.

I have delved into my experience of making gardens across the country to come up with the most important ‘green elements’ every garden should have. I will explain what they are, why your garden needs them and how you can look after them in the simplest possible way.

Some of these ‘Green Elements’ include:

  • Growing your own nutrient rich vegetables without doing any digging
  • Using plants and beautiful, natural fragrances for health benefits and to welcome people to your home
  • Creating amazing compost that won’t stink to the heavens nor attract rats
  • Dealing with a shady spot
  • Making the lawn into something you can be proud of
  • Getting flowers for pollinators all through the year
  • Tips for helping the birds to survive winter
  • How to prune, when to prune and what to do if you cut off the wrong branch…. or an arm
  • Which native plants really help bees
  • Making a border that looks fantastic and doesn’t leave you overwhelmed by the weeding
  • Techniques from gardeners around the world that will help you improve your soil, grow stronger plants and sequester carbon from the atmosphere
  • Choose the flowers to grow in your garden that will last a long time when cut for the house or a vase
  • Deal with slugs

If that isn’t enough (and it surely should be!) we will also let you know the horticultural secret that allows a farm in the UK to make the world’s best mozzarella, and if you are really lucky you may even get to taste some.*

(*You won’t be that lucky. It is too tasty and I won’t be sharing.)


Where and How Do I Get A Ticket?

Hope to see you, or a friend you have told about this talk, at the Quay Theatre on March 12th.

Green Elements: Cultivating Your Garden In Extraordinary Times is going to be a lot of fun, so read more at the Quay Theatre ticket buying site.

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

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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