“It’s Not Like School At All”

“It’s Not Like School At All. First You Get The Test, And Then Afterwards You Spend Years Findin’ Out How You Passed It.”

Terry Pratchett, Wee Free Men

We hope this inspires you to be brave and explore a craft – gardening, baking, knitting, stonemasonry, organic topiary – to just go for it, and put yourself in a situation where you have to observe, and think, in order to work out the answer.

It is the best way to start – so go, now, and discover what you can do.


The Grinning Gardener, Faversham Fringe

I will be bringing a show about gardening to the Faversham Fringe on Wednesday, August 28th at 8.30pm. More details and tickets here – Faversham Fringe, The Grinning Gardener.


Article In Topiarius Magazine

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I recently wrote a piece for Topiarius magazine, the flagship publication of the European Boxwood & Topiary Society – of which Modern Mint is both a member and big supporter. Check out the EBTS here. They frequently run courses and talks too, so worth keeping an eye on. Below is the piece I wrote about the tools I use when making topiary and pruning trees…. Darren’s Piece In Topiarius Magazine I use Okatsune Secateurs, which I started pruning with when working on a large orchard in Hampshire. My Felco’s were too difficult to open with cold hands, but the chunky …



Art In A Topiary Garden

Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!