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…

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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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. 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 2022