THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul17

Must-Read Books for Wildlife Gardening

We hope to inspire you with these must-read books for wildlife gardening – make time for them, and enjoy!


1) Start simply with Chris Baines…

How to Make a Wildlife Garden

2) Enjoy the sharp wit of Henk Gerritsen

Henk Gerritsen: Essay on Gardening

3) We have always been a fan of botanist Ken Thompson

No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening

4) The lovely writing style of Val Bourne (along with her excellent knowledge) will inspire you…

The Natural Gardener: The Way We All Want to Garden

5) We read this from Pam Lewis in one sitting…

Sticky Wicket: Gardening in Tune with Nature

6) We don’t know this one yet , but we keep hearing the name of Keith Wiley and it all seems to be good…

On the Wild Side: Experiments in New Naturalism

We hope you enjoy these suggestions of books for wildlife friendly gardening! To find more, search Amazon from here…

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.