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.