Chelsea 2011: Haewooso

As I looked at the Haewooso garden for the first time, of course the first thing I noticed was the structure at the back of the 4m x 5m plot – the privy after which the Haewooso garden is named. It was set at the end of a rustic path which looked as if it […]

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Why Korea should be proud of Jihae Hwang, and why a sponsor should step forward for next year

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2011
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Not many Koreans will have heard of Jihae Hwang. In fact, probably more Brits have heard of her. She has recently been on national TV here, with coverage in the best broadsheet newspapers. The English are known for their love of gardening. On sunny Spring Sundays and Bank Holidays, garden centres are crammed with people […]

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An evening with garden designer Hwang Jihae at Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2011
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Drinking makgeolli in front of the Haewooso garden at Chelsea, with its designer Jihae Hwang. Perfect way to start a long birthday weekend. #. The Gold Medal winner and best Artisan Garden was getting lots of interested comments from the gardening cognoscenti. Keywords: Event tags: Chelsea 2011: Haewooso Artists: Hwang Jihae (황지해) Other tags: Chelsea […]

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Korea wins Gold medal, best Artisan Garden at Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2011
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It is the first time that a Korean garden has been shown at the Chelsea Flower Show, and designer Jihae Hwang has been rewarded with a gold medal and the accolade of Best Artisan Garden. Rather like at Cannes, where there’s the main event and Un Certain Regard, at Chelsea there’s the Show Gardens and […]

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The outside toilet in Park Wan-suh’s childhood memories – part 2

by Philip Gowman 23 May 2011
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The second of two extracts from the early pages of Park Wan-suh’s Who ate up all the shinga? dealing with the memories of her childhood existence in the countryside near Kaesong in the 1930s and early 1940s, posted to coincide with the Korean garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this coming week, which features an […]

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The outside toilet in Park Wan-suh’s childhood memories – part 1

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2011
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To coincide with the Korean garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this coming week, which features an outside toilet, here’s the first of two extracts from Park Wan-suh’s Who ate up all the shinga? The outhouse, it seems, was much more than a place for moving the bowels. Park Wan-suh was born in 1931 and […]

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A Korean Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

by Events Editor 18 May 2011
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This is the first time a Korean design has been featured as a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, the official opening of the London social season. People not so familiar with Korean culture may raise an eyebrow over the theme of the garden – we Brits are all children at heart and think […]

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