24.08.17 Art Out Loud

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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30.06.17 Festival of the Garden at Charleston

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.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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.

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.

12.09.14 Culham Court

Photo by Garden Museum

On the 10th of September there was a garden party at Culham Court in aid of the Garden Museum. Christopher Woodward was halfway through his epic fundraising swim from Oxford to London. Friends of the Garden Museum were also kindly invited and had a chance to look around the garden, which Tom has been working on for about 4 years now.

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25.06.14 Study Day at Broughton Grange

Photo by Marcus Harpur

The Garden Museum is organising a special study day at the impressive three-terrace walled gardens of Broughton Grange on the 12th of July.

Tom will be on hand to discuss his ideas and inspirations for the garden, and he will be joined by fellow designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, to debate shared thoughts on the role of space and enclosure in garden design. The day will also include a tour, lunch in the garden and a chance to buy perennials from the garden at the plant nursery.

Please contact the Garden Museum for further details.

14.03.14 A Day in the Garden

Photo by Andrew Lawson

The Barn Garden will be open to the public on the 12th of May, 14th of July and 15th of September 2014.

Each day will include a tour, a talk from Tom about the garden at that time of year, a delicious lunch and the chance to wander round both the Barn Garden and, over the road, the gardens at Serge Hill. Or you could just drop in for the afternoon to explore both gardens, and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake.

For further details please contact the Garden Museum on: 020 7401 8865,