THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Why we wrote a Manifesto for the Modern Gardener
The 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 we would suggest gardening must be compulsory for everyone at school. Absolutely everyone.
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 ability 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 another manifesto or two, three, 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.
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, 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.
Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …
Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing? Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …
Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …