Non-Gardeners see the Beauty by Anne Wareham

by AnneWareham on July 4, 2016

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This piece received a gratifyingly good numbers of emails and social media appreciations – hit a nerve?2016_07_04_17_04_500002


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Paul Steer July 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

Uncanny – is this what is called zeitgeist ? Been thinking along these lines for a while now. Yes a lift of the spirit – precious beyond price. X

AnneWareham July 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Hope you see beauty tomorrow, up a Welsh hill…. Xxx

Jennifer Stackhouse July 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

I think you’re spot on, Anne. I can add to your list of what gardeners do when looking at another garden. I also find myself running through a mental checklist by identifying the plants in the garden and then ticking off when they flower, how they’ll look in autumn, what crops they’ll have etc and considering if should I photograph something. It’s often the unexpected that stops me in a garden and reminds me to actually enjoy being in someone else’s garden and admire its beauty and design and soak up the atmosphere.

AnneWareham July 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Our ability to disappear into thinking is amazing. Useful, but what we lose…

Katherine Crouch July 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

I find it too easy to get lost in watering pots, tutting over potato blight, feeling guilty about plants long overdue for potting and so on. Then I read this and went out to look at my first dahlia flower properly. Thanks for the reminder, Anne

AnneWareham July 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm

A pleasure!

Cherie Southgate July 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Since my garden became a trough 20 in by 30 in with 6 different alpines, plus a trough of herbs and a dish of sempervirens ( because of living in a narrow boat) I’ve visited a few gardens and fund that I’m much more aware of the magic that different gardeners and garden owners weave. I used to be quite critical and admit to viewing with a jaundiced eye looking for weeds and spotting ‘I want that ‘ plants. Now I can’t have anymore plants than I have and because I’m constantly moving through a forever changing landscape I find seeing the bigger picture of the gardens visited much easier. Thought you made some great points though Anne and I notice your thoughts were commented on in the Garden magazine too.

AnneWareham July 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

I missed those (comments in the magazine). I do like having things online though, for the unedited and copious responses on websites and social media. Print seems positively silent. Hope you trip is going well – do we get a thinkingardens update sometime on gardens seen from the water? Xxx

J Sherry July 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

All so true Anne. I’m just back from holiday in Madeira (hence delay in reading your piece) & Madeira is full of wonderful plants & gardens, but instead of just absorbing the beauty of the plants I kept thinking “What is that?” & then scrabbling around looking for a label to tell me! And when working on my own garden, I’m constantly sighing about weeds, plant failures, etc, & rarely take in the beauty of individual plants in flower, or the overall look of the garden. Must try to change this!

AnneWareham July 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Took me a while to pick up your comment – so I can ask: have you? Xx