"The huge irony is that the great Victorian gardeners we struggle to emulate were obsessed with innovation... characterised by an almost pathological pursuit of novelty".
Questioning previously held truths and exploring new avenues of thought about gardens and gardening is the best thing we can do as designers/gardeners/landscapers. The most valuable card we hold as an industry is not to be static, believing we know it all, or that traditions shouldn't be messed with because things were better and brighter in 'the good old days'.
The greatest tribute we can pay to the past is to see the significance of this Victorian ideal and pursue the new, the bold, pick at the thread of what might be and hang around the edges of what we canât quite grasp. Pursuing the novel may lead to dead ends and failure, but there is no wrong in that - a blunder becomes just another starting point.
A modern garden design does not have to be all steel and slabs, with few flowers... or an eco-friendly bird and bee paradise with weeds growing through the paving cracks... it should be a place that gives you what you want, while offering a chance to try what you didn't even know it was possible to have. See the influence of Joy Larkcom on salad growing or Mark Diacono with Szechuan pepper. They are exciting, our 'modern day Victorian's'.
Being open-minded to what is possible and aspiring to discover what you have learnt is the best attitude to have for the present and the future of gardening and garden design.
Member since: 2nd April 2013
Hi I'm Tom Bosher
I run thebestofchelmsford and am passionate about helping the independent businesses in Chelmsford thrive and achieve their goals.