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!

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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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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