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24.08.17 Art Out Loud

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Photo by Chatsworth House

Come and join Tom on the 22 September when he'll be giving a talk on why we garden and how gardening can have both meaning and value.

We are currently developing plans at Chatsworth for the rockery and surrounding wild garden that will become known as Arcadia.

Art Out Loud is a festival of talks by artists, curators and writers held over three days in the theatre at Chatsworth and in a marquee on the South Lawn.

For more details on how to book tickets please follow this link: Chatsworth.

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17.08.17 Recent planting in Oxfordshire

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Photo by Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd

Work continues at a garden in north Oxfordshire as earlier this week we set out the first section of planting in beds around the house. Below are a few pictures of a separate part of the garden, the woodland area, showing development since planting in March 2016. Despite nibbling pheasants and rabbits most of the planting has settled in well, helped perhaps by the recent arrival of a family of stoats.

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30.06.17 Festival of the Garden at Charleston

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Photo by Charleston Trust

Tom is curating a series of talks that seek to address the question of 'What makes a place?' Can the garden, whether it be ancient or modern, tell a story and how is that narrative framed?

Leading gardeners, designers, ecologists, campaigners and writers will explore this fascinating territory over two days at Charleston. There will also be a plant stall, cream teas and free demonstrations by local craftspeople on skills as diverse as hedge-laying, bee-keeping and green timber.

For further details of the event & how to book tickets please follow the link to Charleston's website.

FRIDAY 28

12pm
Wild Lands with Charlie Burrell
Charlie Burrell on the ambitious rewilding project at Knepp Castle.

2pm
Landscape and Emotion with Kim Wilkie
Landscape architect Kim Wilkie on how landscape can trigger emotion

4pm
Faded Glories with Rachel Warne
Acclaimed garden photographer Rachel Warne on forgotten historical gardens and the beauty of decay.

6pm
The Culture of Gardening with Tom Stuart-Smith
Renowned Landscape gardener Tom Stuart-Smith on gardening tradition and practice around the world.

SATURDAY 29

12pm
Gravetye Manor, The Development of an Historic Garden with Tom Coward
Tom Coward, Head Gardener, on the sumptuous gardens at Gravetye Manor

2pm
The Magic Of Dixter with Fergus Garrett
Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Greater Dixter, on gardening and the creation of magic

4pm
Hidden Nature with Alys Fowler
Horticulturalist and journalist Alys Fowler’s observations on life and urban nature.

6pm
The Garden at Charleston with Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Darren Clarke, and Mark Divall, chaired by Tom Stuart-Smith
A panel discussion about the many factors that have shaped the Garden at Charleston over time.

7.30pm
Festival of the Garden: Poetry in the Walled Garden
An evening of poetry in the Walled Garden at Charleston, among the cosmos, roses and lilies, with Andrew Wincott and Emerald O'Hanrahan.

12.05.17 London Rooftop Gardens

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Photo by Liane Ryan Photography

Construction has recently completed on this rooftop terrace designed by TSS Ltd. Timber and zinc planters accommodate significant tree planting which includes Olive, Box and Pine complemented by an herbaceous understory selected to withstand the exposed rooftop conditions.

Lovely place to enjoy the view of the City.

27.05.16 Garden Museum Classroom

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Drawing by Forbes Massie

TSS Ltd has become the first sponsor of the new Garden Museum Classroom. The classroom will be a unique facility in central London: a state of the art learning space equipped for scientific study.

The Garden Museum is currently undergoing a £7.5 million redevelopment project which will restore the ancient structure of St Mary-at-Lambeth Church and include two new learning spaces, one of these is the classroom. The museum will re-open in spring 2017 with the Garden Museum Classroom that will allow thousands of children each year to learn about the beauty, intrigue and value of plants.

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18.11.15 Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech - VI

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Photo by Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd

In late October we visited the garden to check on the establishment of the recent planting and to set out some additional plants. Most plants have thrived over the summer with the exotic garden in particular starting to take shape. A final phase of planting will take place in December or early January when the last remaining construction zones have been completed. The garden is expected to open to the public in spring 2016.

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10.11.15 Private garden in Kent

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Photo by Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd

This garden surrounds a commercial property in Kent. The garden covers 15 acres including vast swathes of perennial planting, a restaurant courtyard, a North American prairie, a native wildflower meadow, a large area of woodland with extensive understory planting and ornamental ponds.

Completed in 2012, over 70,000 plants were added and approximately 100 semi mature trees planted throughout. The prairie was established from seed using a mix designed by professor James Hitchmough, who was also responsible for the prairie planting around the London 2012 Olympic stadium. The gardens provide a tranquil environment for the employees of the company and visitors to the site.

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