The garden made by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes in the Welsh Borders has been described by Anne as a modern romantic garden. I struggle with this description which conjures up for me visions of 1980’s music and Adam Ant. In this review I try to come up with an alternative interpretation which the makers may or may not recognise.
There is no doubt that the project itself is the stuff of romance – a garden made from nothing, by a woman driven to do it and a man prepared not only to permit (indulge?) such a lunatic idea but even to engage fully with it. However, the garden itself, in my view, engages a different tradition and one which might have more properly been called a Tory garden in the eighteenth century. [..read more..]