THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Nov18

What Do I Do With This Space?

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What do I do with this space? A question clients often ask us, a question we often ask ourselves.

So it became the title of our new talk for winter 2014/2015… but to answer this question, we have realised, is a huge undertaking.

Exploring potential answers left us delving deeper and deeper into new ideas, unpacking thoughts and contemplating the words of garden philosophers, and feeling ever more entangled by the question we had set out to explore. How could such a simple question become so complex? Or as Clarice Lispector puts it in The Passion According to G.H.:

“I don’t know what to do with the horrifying freedom that can destroy me.”

And doesn’t that sum it up well – what do I do with this space? Really, you can do anything.

The art or science or whatever you want to call it is left to you, the way you think and feel and what you know and don’t know… and of course, the ‘don’t-knows’ you are willing to explore.

The talk takes in the work of people from all over the world – starting in Japan, then ending in a dream garden via Scandinavia, Spain, Uruguay, Sheffield and the kitchen of a Parisian chef. It also quotes Motehr Teresa and Jack Gilbert, just to keep the audience on its toes!

It is a fascinating question we have set ourselves and we have had a riot exploring potential answers. Please do come along to the premiere of this new garden talk on Wednesday in Chignall, 7.30pm start.

You can find all the details here on our Talks page.

We hope to see you soon, to share this discussion with us as we ask the question:

What Do I Do With This Space?

Testimonials:
“Thank you so much for such a thought provoking presentation last night. I’m certainly rethinking my new border!
 
I’ve passed on your photos to those who heard you and to the others who missed a treat.”
Chignal and Mashbury Gardening Group.

 

Nov19

Fernando Caruncho, A Couple More Interviews To Read…

Fernando Caruncho is a garden designer from Madrid. I am always inspired by his work – his clean lines, ‘green architecture’, sense of proportion, balance and minimal plant palette. This seems to bring out the atmosphere of the garden, the space, intensifying its… spirit. I have written about him a lot – here, for example… and here. But recently I have discovered a few more interviews with him, so thought I would link to his words as he always has something interesting to say, the opposite of prosaic. This first interview from the Society of Garden Designers will give you …

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Nov11

Talks Information 2021, Darren Lerigo Garden Club Speaker, Modern Mint

In 2021 I will be offering 5 talks – so if you are a Garden Club, Horticultural Society, WI, Probus group or club of some kind who needs a speaker, click on the link below to read a short document with all the details! Talks Information 2021 inc Zoom Darren Lerigo, Modern Mint There is an FAQ’s section included in the download, but if you have another question that needs answering then please do get in touch with me and ask it. I’m happy to help! Contact Me About A Talk For Your Group

Nov10

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop In 2021

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2021. 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 2021