THE MODERN MINT BLOG
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?
Or are you more a modern topiary maker?
Or do you just like to plant trees?
Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …
Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …
Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.