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.

 

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

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My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.