Word at Chelsea -are the much-vaunted influx of new designers any different to the old?
There’s two features about imported trees bringing in pests and diseases. And about 102 show features featuring imported trees. Hopefully becomes an issue this year when Defra minister turns up.
The RHS is not issuing steel toe-capped boots this year. Also on fashion…
Top celebs: Twiggy, Lily Cole, Georgie May Jagger, Lizzy Jagger, Jerry Hall, Erin O’Connor, Sir Paul Smith. All fashion types. Supporting Gucci, House of Fraser and M&S. Helen Mirren and Ringo Starr get some attention usually. Ian Gillan, Sandie Shaw and Matt Johnson from music (as well as Ringo). Designer Hugo Bugg’s cousin Jake Bugg is not coming. The best act playing is The Barron Knights (really). In the tent, everyone is… sheltering from the rain. Tim Penrose has three stands, for Bowden Hostas, Rickards Ferns and PW Bamboo aiming for first CFS triple gold. Some not given space could be unhappy. Chelsea security say designers are rudest about not being let in. “Everyone hates me”, he adds. There’s a new £2.5m drainage system, roads and kerbs being tested by the deluges in the run up to Chelsea, Royal Hospital head garden Ron tells me. There were loads of puddles/floods when I was there. TV coverage. MA to BBC. Can you give me Countdown to Chelsea details (started on BBC1 on 12 May)? BBC: Chelsea coverage starts on 18 May. MA: What about Countdown to Chelsea? BBC: No answer. The BBC has 147 press officers.
Expect big patrons appearance and not just the Queen at the forces/WW1 gardens. A Help for Heroes patron is garden hater…Jeremy Clarkson. Someone said they’ve seen Prince Andrew lurking too.
1. Cleve West- odds on
Luciano Guibbelei – 2/1
Andrew Wilson 3/1
Hugo Bugg 9/2
Matt Childs 5/1
Adam Frost 8/1
Rich Brothers 10/1
Titchmarsh-not being judged
2. Chelsea themes:
Young designers v old designers. The show has several under-30 designers. Better-known names aren’t there. Chelsea lack well-known designers. Are they off doing overseas shows? Ex RHS show bosses Sweet and Bennett are working on/looking at involvement in overseas shows.
Hillier 150th anniversary
Italian designers. Imported trees and pest and disease. Oak processionary moth garden. A garden hanging from a tree.
Titchmarsh not presenting after 30 years. Will Monty Don interview him at AT’s hastily arranged Britain in Bloom garden (ordered plants six months after everyone else)? Will AT’s (unjudged) garden be any good? Will Jon Wheatley’s In Bloom garden, planned well before the Rhs got AT on board, get as much attention as deserved?
Tour de France/Tour de Yorkshire and yellow flowers.
Nurseries getting dropped by RHS and high price tickets.
Gucci garden and better economy at CFS.
Touts. Titchmarsh effect.
Plants six weeks ahead so new plants at the show.
Plant of the year-previous winner T&M not given a marquee stand.
New show director after 28 years.
3. Squirrels are bad says survey.
4. Looking forward to Tony Smith‘s freestyle turf sculpture competition at Hampton Court.
5. Worst CFS celeb. Kirstie Allsopp.
6. Lust garden at Hampton court
7. Nude gardening
8. Article of the week. Alys’ style
A great article in the Express on vintage fashion and Alys. And the hard sell on garden centre retail from AF.
10. Does right wing garden press use more ‘out there’ garden writers than left wing press? You’d have thought it would be the other way round.
12. I was amazed the piece on Titch reaction to being dropped by BBC for Chelsea made all the papers because I thought that had been done months ago.
13. This is still the best CFS piece so far. National media not very interested in issues or gardening.
14. Wisley has some letters mown into the grass along the lines of gardening is wonderful etc. A bit like the old Britain in Bloom ‘Welcome to Keswick’ apart from rebranded as ‘turf tattoos’.
15. Sorry I missed former Garden Design Journal editor Jackie Bennett’s course on garden writing at City Lit last week. “We will look at common mistakes and discuss the differences between different styles of writing to help participants attain a professional standard of garden writing.”
14. thinkingardens supper next Sunday
The burning question debated…
Are gardens unnatural?
Seems an easy question to me.
15. Tuesday 27th May – ‘How to eat from your garden’, with Tom Aikens and Pinterest
55 million people use Pinterest every month to discover, organize and do things that inspire them.
As summer approaches, there’s been a rise in people planning what they’re going to grow in their garden, and how they’ll cook with it.
This class will make you a master of local sourcing, and help you to guide readers to make the most of their gardens in the next few months.
On the night, you’ll learn how make three signature dishes created by Tom plus have the opportunity to cook your very own dish.
Tom will demonstrate how to use homegrown vegetables and herbs in these dishes, so if you’re a budding Alan Titchmarsh, we encourage you to bring along herbs and/or cherry tomatoes from your garden.
Here are Food Tank’s 18 summer “must reads” for your tablet or bookshelf:
Agri-culture: Reconnecting People, Land and Nature
by Jules Pretty
This book takes an in-depth look at the issues enveloped in the agriculture and food systems. Pretty emphasizes changing behaviors and reforming policies in order for an agricultural revolution to take place. He draws on stories of successful agricultural transformation in both developing and industrialized countries, calling on the next agricultural revolution.
Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together
by Faith Gilbert
Gilbert designed this 54-page guidebook through interviews with 42 start-up and established collaborative farm projects across North America. She gathered input from 18 professionals and advisors, and 50 publications in cooperative development, farm business, finance, land access and more. This book highlights processes that make collaborations effective and function in order to provide mutual satisfaction and benefits.
Don’t Cook the Planet: Deliciously Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time
by Emily Abrams
An 18 year old activist from Massachusetts, Abrams new cookbook features 70 recipes shared by celebrity and all-star chefs including, actor, producer and eco-activist Chevy Chase, MasterChef judge and acclaimed chef, Graham Elliot, and Stephanie Izard, Top Chef Star and executive chef at Girl & the Goat. This cookbook offers recipes and tips on how to minimize your carbon footprint. Abrams hope to impact her generation through this cookbook featuring positive food choices.
by Ava Chin
Follow Chin in this touching and informative memoir as she forages for food in New York City. Chin is an “urban forager” on the quest for eating better, eating healthier, and more sustainably, regardless of location. She takes the reader on an emotional journey- finding solace in parks and backyards where she connects with rare and delicious edible plants. Her experiences in nature enliven taste buds and stir emotions.
Fields of Hope and Power
by Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe
Fields of Hope and Power is a chapter from the upcoming Navdanya book on agroecological movements, living democracy, and the limits of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and industrial agriculture. This chapter takes an in-depth look at food scarcity and how agriculture and climate affect this issue. The Lappes investigate how the farmers at Navdanya have contributed to setting up the largest direct marketing fair trade organic network in India.
Foods for Health: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet
by Barton Seaver and P.K Newby
Seaver and Newby have created a science-based guide to healthy eating for the whole family which features tips, food pairings, and sample menus. The authors take the reader on a culinary tour of 148 foods which have high nutritional value and the least environmental impact. This book teaches readers how to prepare healthy food and meals while making the best choice for their body and the planet.
Food Systems Failure: The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture
by Christopher Rosin, Paul Stock, and Hugh Campbell
The authors provide a critical assessment of the global food system during heightened food crisis and feeding a growing population. This book explores contraindications in policy and practice that hinder solutions to the food crisis. Case studies expose neoliberal policies involved with the production end of the food system which provides insight to the current challenges for feeding the world. Rosin, Stock, and Campbell provide alternative strategies to create a more just and moral food system.
Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity
by Lester R. Brown
Brown exposes the planet’s volatile food system with eroding soils, rising temperatures, and countries competing for land and water resources. He writes, “food is the new oil.” Political up rise and food scarcity are concerning issues, which Brown addresses and presents solutions to.
Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras
by Tanya M. Kerssen
This book explores the history of agribusiness and land conflicts in Northern Honduras. In the Aguan Valley, Honduran peasants battle large palm oil producers and fight for democratization of land, food, and political power. Kerssen shows how peasants in crime and drug laden communities are leading a strong and inspiring movement, with no signs of backing down.
In the Garden: A Botanically Illustrated Gardening Book
by Sandra Lynn McPeake
Great for the coffee or kitchen table, this book includes basic growing information and detailed images of vegetable growth cycles from seedlings to the inside of veggies. McPeake provides gardening tips, supplies growers will need, and how to keep a gardening journal. Learn to share and grow with this illustrated guide.
Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America
by Douglas Gayeton
A guide to more than 200 agriculture terms explained by experts in the field and complemented by stunning visuals, this book explores rebuilding local food movements. Gayeton traveled the U.S. taking photos and learning from today’s top sustainability practitioners to create this reference book.
Savor: Mindful Eating for Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung
This book will make you stop and think about your eating habits and patterns. Buddhist monk, Hanh, and nutritional expert, Dr. Cheung discuss how to become more aware and mindful of our bodies, drawing special attention to how we eat. This book explores the physical, emotional, psychological, and environmental factors which control our weight.
Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity
by Barbara Burlingame and Sandro Dernini
This publication, by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), investigates the link between sustainable diets and biodiversity. It addresses the relationship between agriculture, health, environment, and food industries- indicating the most sustainable diets have low environmental impacts. This text can be used as a reference for policy, research, and action.
Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide
by Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox
This book is a collection of profiles, interviews, and essays which feature 60 innovative community based projects around the globe in diverse climates. Birnbaum and Fox visited communities all around the world looking for ecological design systems. From urban gardeners to native seed-saving collectives to ecovillage developments the common thread that weaves these thriving communities together is permaculture systems.
The Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook
by JuJu Harris
This cookbook incorporates Women Infants and Children (WIC) staples along with seasonal produce to create easy and delicious recipes. Harris, Arcadia Culinary Educator and Mobile Market Outreach Coordinator, wanted to create healthy and nutritious recipes around WIC provisions. What started out as a simple compilation of recipes has turned into a successful business venture, Harris plans to offer a Spanish version later this year.
The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock
by Tony Weis
Weis discusses the “meatification” of human diets and the adverse impact it has on the earth and human health. Weis believes the conversion of grain and oilseed into meat is inefficient in a world striving to provide a basic diet to those chronically hungry. He explains why the growth and industrialization of livestock production is a central part of industrial capitalist agriculture.
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
by Dan Barber (Coming Soon!)
This book explores Barber’s vision for a new future of American eating. After a decade of research on farming communities throughout the world, Barber concludes America’s food needs a radical transformation to ensure the future of our health, food, and land. From his restaurant’s kitchen to farmers’ fields, Barber’s experiences lead him to propose a “third plate”- a new pattern of eating rooted in cooking with and celebrating the whole farm.
We the Eaters
by Ellen Gustafson (Coming Soon!)
Gustafson explores how eaters and consumers can transform the global food system by changing what is on their dinner plates. The book investigates the global industrial food system using the classic American dinner as a template and provides actionable solutions to start ripple effects of change. The book’s manifesto is: If we change dinner, we change the world