THE MODERN MINT BLOG
The problem with whispering is not that you won’t be heard. The problem is what the listener might hear.
If you have heard about Modern Mint – that we are a design and landscape company working in Essex and London – then you have heard right.
If you have heard we learnt our trade working on large estates in Hampshire and Berkshire, before closing down and moving to live in East Anglia, bringing our brand of vibrant, modern gardens with us… then you have heard right again.
But if you heard we make gardens that are lacklustre, boring and hard to maintain…you’ve been misled. The listener misheard the whisper.
This is our whispered launch then… Modern Mint has arrived in East Anglia, and we want to make great gardens.
Did you hear that right?
Topiary Provocation? What is this about? Topiary Provocation, Darren Lerigo, Spring 2021 This spring of 2021 I invited a number of garden designers to a series of meetings via Zoom, to discuss how topiary can be used effectively in modern gardens. I wanted to discover how both clients and designers felt about topiary, whether it was a part of the garden that got as much thought as, say, the choice of stone for a patio…. and if certain plants and shapes tended to trend in designs or if it truly was a mish-mash of different topiary styles. The provocation and talks …
Waltham Place in Maidenhead is one of my favourite gardens of all time. The philosophy is to garden with nature, rather than against, so improving the soil and growing a diverse range of plants is placed at the heart of how to manage the space. Through the European Boxwood and Topiary Society I arranged a talk by the garden team at Waltham Place. It has been recorded and put on Youtube so if you missed it live, you can watch it there and get a feel for what they are doing. There are some extraordinary photos of the garden …
I am running a ‘Topiary Provocation’ for garden designers, via Zoom, over the next few weeks. Dates are: Tuesday 23rd March, 10am Wednesday 24th March 7.30pm Thursday 8th April, 7.30pm The ‘provocation’ is for garden designers anywhere in the world, is free to join and will last about 45 minutes. Places are limited to 12 per session, as I want to make sure we can share ideas about topiary and how it can be used (and managed) in a modern garden – especially if skill level and maintenance time is low. I hope that I can provoke a discussion around …