THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Oct26

Manifesto for the Modern Gardener

Why Write A Manifesto For The Modern Gardener?

A manifesto? For the gardener or garden owner working today?

The modern world looks the way it does for a reason – it is shaped by humans for the resources they need, to provide us with the lives we have.

To get people discovering how the materials they wear, the foods they eat and the furniture they sit on all comes via the landscape is so important that I suggest gardening must be compulsory for everyone at school.

Absolutely everyone.

gardening manifesto

Planting the seeds of passion for gardening and plants, upscaling the knowledge of the inexperienced and firing the imaginations of those already in love with the land will help us liberate the world from consuming so many finite resources.

A realisation that we are all connected, that what we do one day will have consequences the next and the capability of gardening to teach us this truth may also help people learn to value thoughtfulness and empathy above aggression and domination.

This new attitude may even lead to thoughts of equality right across the board.

This is revolution talk, and so we were inspired to write a Manifesto for the Modern Gardener.

Manifesto for the Modern Gardener

Do you know what amazing act happened right after we published this? That we got a number of replies from people who wanted to capture their own thoughts on what it is to be a Modern Gaardener, who wanted to share a manifesto for how we treat the world.

Amazing.

Introducing More Manifestos For The Modern Gardener

Here is the flower grower and florist Carole Patilla’s manifesto for the Modern Gardener:

Manifesto Tuckshop Flowers

And Here Is Another Manifesto (Or Four!)

Before John Walker, the earth-friendly gardener, followed up his first thoughts with this…

It was fascinating to hear all these voices speak up about gardening, about what modern gardening could  and should be.

Would Your Manifesto For The Modern Gardener Be Organic Focussed?

The joy for us is in the fact they are so organic-centric – their is a strong message here about gardening, that organic is best practise and the cultural norm for 2015. (It was the cultural norm not that long ago either, before 1940, to be fair…)

We are so pleased about the response we received to our manifesto – it shows the community of gardeners out there in the UK who are using their wits and smarts and voices to let people know about the world and how gardening relates so very heavily to it – our gardens and landscapes are, after all, the places we get the materials we are wearing, the food on our plates and the furniture in our homes.

Do you have a manifesto on Modern Gardening for me?

Or are you more a modern topiary maker?

Or do you just like to plant trees?

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

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A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.