THE MODERN MINT BLOG

May03

Three British Nurseries You Should Get To Know

You may know that the first week of May is National Nurseries Week, a time to celebrate some of the best plant growers in the UK.

So to help you choose where to buy your plants, here are three nurseries you may never have heard about before…

King John’s Nursery, East Sussex

Primarily focused on herbaceous perennials, vegetable plugs too.

Wykeham Mature Plants, Yorkshire

Walled garden with over 100 acres of field grown trees and shrubs.

Todd’s Botanics, Essex

Specialists in drought tolerant herbaceous and architectural plants.

… get to know your local nurseries – you’ll get better advice, better service and better plants.

What more can you ask for?

Further Reading:

RHS Plant Finder 2014

British Gardens in Time: The Greatest Gardens and the People Who Shaped Them

… and for something related, but a bit different…

Tree Nurseries – Cultivating the Urban Jungle: Plant Production Worldwide

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

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 …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

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 …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

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.