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.

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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?

Oct11

Need A Talk For Your Garden Club Via Zoom?

Need a talk for your garden club? Via Zoom because of Covid-restrictions this winter? Then I can help! It is great you are trying to keep your club going, and though Zoom is not the same as getting a group together and talking about gardening live, of the moment, right now it is the best alternative we have got. How I Do A Zoom Talk For Your Garden Club I’m very happy to do Zoom talks and have moved about 20% online so far (from end of March 2020 to the start of October 2020) – although that number is …

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Oct09

Zoom Talk For Garden Clubs

Just a quick message from a garden club last night after I gave a talk for them via Zoom… Hi Darren, We would just like to thank you for a very enjoyable and fun talk this evening for our first Zoom meeting! Think we can say that everyone enjoyed it, we have already had positive feedback from some of the members, obviously the way forward at the moment! We were certainly very pleased with the turn out for the first virtual meeting!   If you are a garden club speaker and want to give it a try, then please do …

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Sep21

How To Sharpen Your Shears – A Video With Tips!

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I was asked by the European Boxwood & Topiary Society to help out with answering a common question – How to sharpen your shears? So we spent a fun day making a video, that hopefully will help you make sure you have sharp, shiny blades to do your topiary pruning with. And you can find here more examples of the topiary I make with my sharp blades.