The Art of the Garden:USA.


American Impressionist Art developed at the same time as that in France. 

Many artists visited Monet at Giverngy.

Between 1875 and 1920 Industrial Progress produced a new Middle Class in the NE Seaboard of the USA.

Gardens became a feature.

Woman felt they could leave the indoor seclusion of the house to work outside.

They became gardeners and even Garden Designers.

Artist began to paint outside.

They painted what they saw.

Artist communities where places where these artists could inspire each other .

Horticulture improved and new species pf plants were introduced.

The gardens were full of colour.

Thus the Art of Gardening started in the USA.

It now forms a very important branch of the Gardening Story.

There is good work in there somewhere!

This is my reaction to the Hockley exhibition at Tate Britain .

There is, if only you get chance to see it.

The exhibition was over subscribed.

This made it impossible to view the work.

It was worse than trying to view gardens at the RHS Chelsea flowers show.

The landscapes were amazing.

As were the life drawings.

I was glad that I had seen a TV programme about his work.

It was impossible to study the work.

Maybe there has been overkill on this.

I expect the promoters are much happier than the professionals ,who wanted to gain some professional development from this experience.

The Tate needs to get the balance right.

My week.


Sometimes I feel compelled to write about happenings with my business.

This week is one of them.

  1. Be sure to respect the process laid down by the garden designer. After years of running my business I am still surprised by the number of people who do not respond to the correct order of doing things.
  2. My telephone call to the client always includes a reference to the order of procedures.
  3. It still amazes me how people decide to do things their way and disregard any format set out by me.
  4. This is always an indication of what they will be like.
  5. Most often this results in  me leaving this work in favour of that which is more rewarding.
  6.  Destress with an ART Trip.
  7. This morning I went to the Usher gallery in Lincoln. 
  8. Two works caught my eye.
  9. One was entitled”Beech trees and healing”It was a collection of beech leaves taken throughout the year.
  10. Another was a collection of photographs by Andy Galsworthy. He often takes Natural topics for his work.

By the end of my visit I had forgotten any work related stress and came back with a feeling of relaxation.

A fair deal: Fair trade.

Shared Interest aims to alleviate poverty by enabling people in remote and disadvantaged communities to trade and earn a living.

They lend money to farmers to buy seeds and fertilisers.

When the farmers sell their products they can pay back the loan.

Participants include:

Cocoa, fruit and vegetable farmers.

The developed world can aid  undeveloped countries by funding these participants. The investment is worth it.

At the end of Fair Trade Week

perhaps some of you will want to look into how you can help.


Hodsock: Snowdrops and more.

The Priory is now owned by the Buchanan family.

It is set in 800 acres of beautiful countryside.

This year they have had 13,000 visitors.

Not only are there snowdrops but hellebores, daffodils and shrubs.

The CampFire in the wood is a setting for tea and bacon butties.

We started our visit with coffee in the marque.

To finish I had to buy some hellebores.

These were from Flora Media who had stall.

Bluebells will be ready in April.

Dates: 29th,30th April

1stMay, 6&7th May.

Well worth a visit!





The art of creativity.


Over recent months I have taken some art classes.

These range from drawing to pastiles and acrylics.

I have also listened to talks about art.

Historically Chinese Art was prescriptive.

Artists learnt signs and ways to draw flowers etc.

Classical painters turned to religious or historical topics.

It was only the Impressionists that lead art into a form that used personal

interpretation of the world around them.

Some tutors encourage “free-flow” .

Others prefer art that keeps to certain rules.

Drawings a real discipline .

Progressing to colours widens the process.

The Creative Process is satisfying and therapeutic.

It is worth having a go!