THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug09

Topiary For Designers (& Other Pruning)

If you are a garden designer in need of some topiary for a project, please do get in touch here at Modern Mint.

Darren has been pruning trees and hedges for 18 years. Charlotte has been a topiary artist (and is the best you will find) for well over 3 decades. topiary artists

We are happy to help you design a topiary, provide ideas or feedback for an existing piece, maintain a sculpture to the highest standard or advise on the health and management of the plants.

We work all over the UK and into Europe.

Often we are asked to prune and sculpt in boxwood or yew, but are equally at home working with deciduous plants. Also don’t forget that heavy set evergreen shrubs, like camellias for example, can be made a feature of the garden through judicious cutting in the just the right places.

Giving these shrubs air, light and a feeling of transparency is all part of the topiary arts.

You can see a recent interview we gave to the Guardian, with photos, here – Cutting Hedge Technology.

Topiary Modern Mint

Or please do contact us now to talk through your project.

Many thanks!

Darren and Charlotte

Aug20

A Very British Garden – New Garden Talk For 2019

A brand new garden talk for 2019? My, what exciting news! Having had a busy summer, with the topiary work exploding after the Guardian article, I have plans to write a new garden talk for next year. So far I have written 6 different talks in the 4 years I have been running Modern Mint, 4 of which are still available for you to book. They are: What Do I Do With This Space? A garden talk that looks at how other cultures treat their outdoor spaces. A mixture of funny stories and practical advice, it shares techniques people from …

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Aug09

New Garden Talk For 2019

As you know, I give somewhere around 50-75 talks per year. These are at various garden clubs, WI’s, gardening festivals, Oddfellows groups, U3A’s and anywhere else that needs some entertaining. I have 4 talks currently available, on the following subjects: Watering Garden Design Tools Plants For Bees And will be writing a new garden talk for 2019. At this moment it has no title, but I believe it will be about British gardens, pruning, soil, no-dig gardening, orchard management and food growing. It promises to be fun, as always…. and as informative as can be. If you would like to …

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Aug09

Edinburgh Festival 2018. What We Recommend.

It is time for the Edinburgh Festival 2018 – hurray for August! We will be in Edinburgh for 2 days towards the end of month, meaning we miss out on a few days work pruning topiary and cutting the stone fruits in the orchards. However, it will be great to rest my back a bit and take in some great shows. Many clients are also going to Edinburgh and have been asking for recommendations, so here goes below…. to point you in the right direction: Jordan Gray: People Change Mel Byron: Old Movies Saved My Life Will Seaward: Spooky Midnight …

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