Hwang Ji-hae in miNiATURE, at Strand Gallery

Korean garden designer and environmental artist Hwang Jihae will be participating in a garden design show with a difference: miNiATURE 10 unique gardens by leading designers – in miniature! 6-8 March 2014 The Strand Gallery | 32 John Adam Street | London WC2N miNiATURE is a new platform aiming to give leading garden designers and […]

2013 Travel Diary #32: The Seokpajeong — a haven of peace in Buamdong

Seoul Museum, Buamdong, Seoul, Saturday 14 September, 5pm.  There are two main reasons to visit Seoul Museum apart from any temporary exhibition that might be taking place: the important collection of 20th Century Korean art which seems to be on permanent display, and the Seokpajeong, the Joseon dynasty villa once occupied by the Daewongun. The […]

The Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013 opens in Jeollanam-do

Hwang Ji-hae, Korea’s best-known garden designer, won’t be at Chelsea this year. After two consecutive Chelsea gold medals, she’s taking a break from what is possibly the world’s most prestigious flower show, and instead has been concentrating on designing a garden closer to home: for Korea’s first International Garden Expo at Suncheon, Jeollanam-do. The Mayor […]

Japanese invaders colonise Dokdo

This month’s Korea.net magazine features Dokdo, but in cataloguing the island’s human and plant inhabitants, the magazine reveals five species with suspiciously Japanese-sounding names that have a firm foothold on the Korean islands. In the plant world, there’s Artemisia japonica var. macrocephala Pampan and Rumex japonicus Houttuyn (both ominously said to be “spreading quickly these […]

The DMZ Garden gets its finishing touches

With the Chelsea Flower Show having its first judging day tomorrow (Sunday), all the show gardens have to be finished today. Yesterday Hwang Jihae’s team was boosted by some additional volunteers to help finish off the last details. The professionals did some final planting, filling in one or two gaps under the demanding and perfectionist […]