THE MODERN MINT BLOG
For those of you who wish to be ‘natural’ gardeners, the designer Henk Gerritsen laid out four commandments in his book Henk Gerritsen: Essay on Gardening.
1) The use of fertilisers and chemical herbicides is a mortal sin
2) Try to disturb the soil as little as possible
3) Be frugal with water
4) Don’t whinge!
Not a bad place to start if you are beginning your journey towards becoming a better gardener. Buy the book by clicking below:
A fifth commandment could easily have been – Plant Trees. Planting a tree is a fabulous way to make a natural garden and support wildlife, capture carbon… and refrain from disturbing the soil below the branches.
You can plant a tree here in the UK with Trees For Life at the Modern Mint Grove.
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.