THE MODERN MINT BLOG
“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.
I am running a topiary workshop in 2020 with the wonderful topiary artist Charlotte Molesworth at her spectacular topiary garden in Kent. This is a topiary workshop where you will learn to clip, so be prepared to do some cutting. We start with a tour of the garden, which Charlotte and her husband Donald have been cultivating for 34 years. It is organic, full of wildlife and has the most extraordinary pruned shapes made from yew and boxwood. You can see more photos of the garden in an article in the Guardian here: Topiary Garden In Kent What Else Will …
On Monday night I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex. Below are a few links for further information based on some of the ideas discussed in the talk: Real Seeds – a fantastic supplier of fruit and vegetable seeds for growers. Boxwood Caterpillar Advice – from the European Boxwood & Topiary Society. I will also write a little companion piece this winter with more information and some topiary techniques, so watch out for that on this website. Boxwood Lure & Nematodes – my preferred option for dealing with the caterpillar. Discount code for 10% off is EBTSBOX29GBZ …