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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.
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.
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.
Introducing More Manifestos For The Modern Gardener
Here is the flower grower and florist Carole Patilla’s manifesto for the Modern Gardener:
And Here Is Another Manifesto (Or Four!)
— John Walker (@earthFgardener) October 21, 2015
— Alexandra Campbell (@midsizegarden) October 21, 2015
— Sheila Hume (@Bluehenbins) October 27, 2015
— Little Green Space (@LGSpace) October 22, 2015
Before John Walker, the earth-friendly gardener, followed up his first thoughts with this…
— Judith Conroy (@JCGardener) October 22, 2015
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?
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Last September when I and topiary artist (and mentor) Charlotte Molesworth ran a weekend of topiary masterclasses we had a visit from the garden writer Non Morris. You can read more about Non and her garden design work and writings here. She has written a lovely article for the February 2022 edition of The English Garden Magazine about her afternoon working with us and learning about topiary – I’m really thrilled by the piece, because she mentions not just a little of the wonderful history of Balmoral Cottage and how the garden grew, but also shares a little of how …
This Autumn I have presented another ‘Topiary Provocation’ to keen gardeners and designers. If you want to know more about topiary, the report on what we discussed and where modern topiary is going can be read by clicking the link below: Topiary Provocation Report Autumn 2021 This report is free to post on your own website or blog, just credit Modern Mint, and don’t change anything within it. Alternatively you can just share it with keen friends… or enemies? I did a similar meet-up with garden designers in spring 2021. Here is where you can read the Topiary Provocation Spring …