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

Nov17

Topiary Provocation Autumn 2021

This Autumn I have presented another ‘Topiary Provocation’ to keen gardeners and designers. If you want to know more about topiary, the report on what we discussed and where modern topiary is going can be read by clicking the link below: Topiary Provocation Report Autumn 2021 This report is free to post on your own website or blog, just credit Modern Mint, and don’t change anything within it. Alternatively you can just share it with keen friends… or enemies?

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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