THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Oct29

Modern Mint Shop

Modern Mint Garden Design has been up and running for almost 8 months now.  As well as Garden Design services we also want Modern Mint to be a place to go to for interesting articles, garden knowledge AND we want to share with you in our shop products we love – products that are unusual, fun, sustainable and beautiful.

We want to promote people and organisations that produce items based on their own individual creativity (check out this great arm chair),Beachbum-170

locally sourced or artisanal products (this from the potteries in Stoke on Trent, mugs to make you laugh),

FUN-GUY

 

… and an ingenious way to use up unpopular wool that would otherwise be heading for the bin (wool wellie warmers!)

2487 Wool Wellie Warmers

 

Take a look and let us know what you think, more items are going up every day on the shop as we start to build up our collection of goods.

And if you MAKE any unusual products and would like to include them in our shop please do get in touch!

 

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022