"...could certainly teach us all a thing or two about an element of gardening that we often neglect in our weeding obsessed, seed-growing, dead-heading frenzies - that is how to just stop and enjoy a garden. There is a lesson here on how to live in a garden, and use it for pleasure; how to sit back, take it in and appreciate it; and take joy from sharing something beautiful with others."
The English Garden magazine June 2012.
"You just can't have an idea; you have to live your idea and learn from your mistakes - and you have to live your theories on the ground"
Jochen Zeitz - Zeitz Foundation, Kenya
"What's more important - form or function? Where does art stop? Does raising a clutch of runner ducklings under a heat lamp constitute art? How about creating a wonderful herbaceous garden with long drifts of....plants...? Is art in the wallpaper we stare at, the bed we lie in, the food we cook? Should everything you use, every knife you eat with, every chair you sit on and every cup you drink from form part of a considered aesthetic?"
a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing
a fundamental or quintessential part or feature
something that is used to make judgments about the quality of other things
Most gardens suffer from an "insufficiency of neglect" - Bill Sowerbutts
late, lamented panellist BBC Gardeners Question Time
Company mascot & therapist
......gardens are about looking, certainly. But they are also about hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, feeling...and being, being in a place at a particular time of day, in one season in certain weather conditions, at a specific moment in a garden's slow arc of development.
Such variables - apparently esoteric but in reality effortlessly understood by the person 'on the ground' - contribute to our perception of the genius loci, the sense of place, which can be so strong in a garden, especially if one is ready to become attuned to it, to rise up to meet it".
Tim Richardson - Close: landscape design and land art in Scotland.
'I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual by creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which, if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride' - William James