THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan15

What Is Happening At Modern Mint January 2015?

Happy New Year from Darren and Chloe at Modern Mint!

Modern Mint will be turning 1 next month and what a busy year it has been…

… we have designed gardens, sown meadows, written nearly 200 blog posts, took part in the Chelsea Fringe, performed a new garden show called ‘What Do You Do With This Space?’ and started an online shop to showcase the best in artisan talent – furniture makers, tool makers, soap makers – we are seeking them out and sharing them with you!

Excited?

Absolutely.

Garden Design

With 5 designs on the go at the moment, and 2 meadows taking shape, we have a busy spring this year. And already the phone has been going for more work! So do get in quick if you need help and ideas with your garden this year.

Here are our major projects currently on the go:

A large garden in Upminster, Essex.

A small, private garden in North London.

A large garden in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.

Phase two of a large, private garden in Gidea Park, Essex.

Phase two of a meadow in Gidea Park, Essex.

Phase two of a meadow in Grove Park, London.

Organic Topiary

We also have our new shears coming this weekend, to help us with our Organic Topiary work in 2015 – we have been asked to sculpt a number of hedges and trees to give them a more dynamic look.

Cloud pruning 1

If you want to know more about this new form of topiary, check out these blog posts:

The Art of Creative Pruning

Creative Pruning

Or better yet, send us a message. We’d love to tell you why Organic Topiary has such cutting edge style (hehehe…)

Shop

Terrarium

Our shop is a platform for us to share with you the products we love – products that are sustainably sourced, hand-made, beautifully crafted, and support the idiosyncratic voices of the artisans who make them.

They are products for the home and the garden, and our list of suppliers is growing all the time.

If you know someone who is, shall we say, a little different…? Please tell them about us! We want to hear from them. And you, of course – if you want a particualr product, of a high quality, and you just can’t find it on the High Street – let us know and we will seek it out for you.

See our shop to discover what we have already found in our first 3 months since opening…

Blog

Top 5 posts from 2014:

1) Contemporary Garden Design

2) Interview with Rosy Bee – Plants for Bees

3) 9 Ideas for a Cut Flower Business

4) Let Them Run Wild!

5) Dan Pearson’s Must-Have Plants

Chelsea Fringe

We are curating a book of manifestos answering the question – why do you cultivate your garden? Each manifesto is no more than 100 words. This is a call for authors and garden enthusiasts to share their ideas with us – come on, 100 words – you have that in you, right?

Find out more here Chelsea Fringe 2015 Modern Mint.

Do follow us on Twitter to find out more – and have a great 2015 everyone – from Darren and Chloe at Modern Mint!

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.