How to Make Beautiful Places

As part of our mini series on Making Beautiful Places, come and hear Tom Stuart Smith chat with slides about his principles of design and garden structure and then which are his favourite plants and why.

Tom will talk about planting design and how his approach depends on the place - and the people - he is working with. We'll move on to Tom's favourite flowers and colours — which and why and end with an audience Q and A. Drinks and canapes will be served with garden wandering (weather permitting) finishing with lunch in the barn.


Sheffield Botanical Gardens

‘An Evening with Tom Stuart-Smith’ for the Friends of the Botanical Gardens. Tom will be talking about his work to date.

For more details please contact the Friends of the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield.

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

'Join acclaimed landscape architect, garden designer and writer Tom Stuart-Smith for an in-depth insight into his projects to date and an introduction to his thinking behind the designs for The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, including his considerations relating to its post-industrial location and the socially transformative opportunities created by the project. Find out more about the construction phase, see the work in progress and share your ideas for how the garden can be used.

All proceeds support The Hepworth Wakefield Garden capital campaign.'

To book, please visit www.hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/tom-stuart-smith/

Talking Gardens at Highgrove Royal Gardens

Tom will be discussing gardens he has designed around the world and will be joined by Highgrove’s Head Gardener, Debs Goodenough, to look closer to home at the inspirational design and planting of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove.

For more information, please click here

The Hepworth Wakefield

Tom will be presenting an in-depth talk on his projects to date and an introduction to his ideas behind the designs for The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden.

Please click on this link to book tickets: Talk by Tom Stuart-Smith

A Gardener's Cabinet

Tom has been invited by Tim Richardson to take part in the ‘Gardener’s Cabinet’ at The Garden Museum. Tom will pick eight items – from a favourite book and piece of music to his favourite garden – and will discuss with Tim how they have inspired his work.

To book a ticket please follow this link: Gardener's Cabinet

Middleton Lodge

After redesigning the neglected kitchen garden, Tom is returning to host a dinner in the Fig House at Middleton Lodge, celebrating the completion of the restoration of the walled garden.

For more details on how to book tickets to this event, please follow this link: Middleton Lodge.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Tom and Nur Sobers-Khan will be discussing with William Dalrymple the subject of 'Gardens of Paradise'.

For more details about the event and to book tickets, please click on this link.

Braxted Park

Tom will be talking about 'Gardens and Culture' at the Braxted Park Estate.

The talk is part of the NGS Open Garden Day at Braxted Park and is in support of Horatio's Garden.

More details on how to book can be seen here.

Garden Museum - Chelsea Flower Show Lecture

Tom and the landscape architect Sarah Price will be speaking about their experiences and inspiration for their respective designs for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

To purchase tickets for this event please follow this link.

The Art of Gardens - a 'Question Time' style of event

Tom will be participating on a panel with other leading garden designers and presenters (James Alexander-Sinclair, Bunny Guinness, Joe Swift and Cleve West) in a 'Question Time’ style discussion event. The panel will be chaired by Rachel de Thame.

This event is to raise funds for Horatio’s Garden, a national charity that creates and cares for beautiful, award winning gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

To book tickets please follow this link to eventbrite.co.uk

SGD Autumn Conference

Tom will be participating in the Society of Garden Designers Autumn Conference. Tom's topic of discussion is 'Water: Elixir of the Garden' - different aspects of water in the garden and landscape. Covering subjects such as design type, waterways, technical expertise, planting & sustainability.

To book tickets please follow this link to the SGD website.

The Garden Museum Autumn Lectures: "Collaborations"

Tom will be joined by Peter Sisseck, Owner of the iconic winery Dominio de Pingus, to tell us about the impact on his work of a commission to create a new landscape around a home and biodynamic farm in central Spain.

Please follow this link to book tickets for the event: The Garden Museum.

The Chatsworth Festival - Art Out Loud

Tom will be presenting a talk on why we garden and how gardening can have both meaning and value.

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.

The Culture of Gardening

Tom will be presenting a talk on 'The Culture of Gardening' as part of the Festival of the Garden at Charleston in Sussex.

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

Festival of the Garden at Charleston

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.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

Tom will be presenting a talk titled 'In Search of Paradise' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival.

More information on how to book can be viewed on the festivals' website.

Kew Mutual Improvement Society

Tom will be discussing 'Placemaking & Planting' at the RBG Kew.

For more details, please contact the KMIS.

Welwyn Garden City Horticultural Society Talk

Tom will be presenting a talk on 'Gardens and Cultures.' Comparing the way we make gardens in the UK with other countries , with reference to his work in India, Morocco and the USA.

For more information on the event, please contact the Welwyn Garden City Horticultural Society.

Tom in conversation with Tim Richardson

Tom will be chairing and asking Tim Richardson questions about his journalistic career, garden design and criticism as well as discussing his new publication 'You Should Have Been Here Last Week'. The event will be held at the RIBA Bookshop.

University of Cambridge's Alumni Festival

Tom will discuss his career and garden design with Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge.

This talk is part of the University of Cambridge's Alumni Festival and is organised by the Department of Zoology. More details can be viewed here.

Nigel Dunnett in conversation with Tom Stuart-Smith

Join landscape designers Professor Nigel Dunnett and Tom Stuart-Smith for The City Centre's inaugural public event. Nigel and Tom will be discussing the challenges and triumphs of Nigel's Beech Garden and High Walk project which forms part of the Grade II listed Barbican Estate.

Book tickets online at: The City Centre.

Charleston Festival

Tom will be chairing a talk presented by the author Anna Pavord on her new book 'Landskipping' at the Charleston Festival. For more details on how to attend the talk, please look at the Charleston Festival website.

A Work of Art: Colour and the Garden

Garden designers Dan Pearson, Tom Stuart-Smith and Sarah Price and artist Stephen Farthing RA explore how colour is used in modern garden design, in a panel discussion led by critic and historian Tim Richardson.

– Royal Academy of Arts

To book tickets please contact the Royal Academy of Arts.

Nour Festival of Arts

Tom will be discussing with Jurjen van der Tas and Mark Bryant how we can respond to contemporary social and environmental challenges by conceiving, designing and building parks and gardens based on the principles of Islamic garden design.

Please book tickets on the Nour Festival of Arts website.

Garden Museum Literary Festival

Tom will be presenting a talk at the Literary Festival. The festival will be held at Hatfield House. During the day the gardens and park will be open to guests with garden tours led by the Head Gardener.

To book tickets please contact the Garden Museum.

Garden Design : The Next Generation

Tom will be talking to three young garden designers, Hugo Bugg, Matt Keightley and Sophie Walker about their current and future projects, their ambition as garden designers and what it's like to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show.

To book tickets click here.

The Barn Garden Open Day

The Barn Garden will be open to the public on Monday 8th of June and Thursday 23rd of July, 10.30 – 14.00.

Tom Stuart-Smith, Trustee of the Garden Museum will give talks looking at how he has developed his garden and how his garden and planting changes throughout the seasons on behalf of the Garden Museum Development Appeal.

Each day will include a tour of the gardens, a talk from Tom about his garden and delicious tea and cake. After the tour and talk, you are welcome to bring a picnic into the beautiful gardens. You also have the chance to explore both the Barn Garden and, over the road, the gardens at Serge Hill (now gardened by his sister Kate) where Tom grew up.

To book tickets please contact the Garden Museum.

Gardens Illustrated Festival

Tom will present a talk on recent work that tries to extract and condense some essence of a place and its culture into a landscape setting - 'The Language of Place: Gardens & Culture.'

To book tickets please go to the Gardens Illustrated Festival website.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset - Art of the Garden Talk

Whether it is a musical motif, molecular cell structure or perhaps a painting that has inspired him, Tom will discuss the many influences that go into the creation of his gardens, which he always sketches by hand to seed the idea of what a place could become.

Follow the link on the Hauser & Wirth Somerset website to book tickets.

Study Day at Broughton Grange

The Garden Museum is organising a special study day at the impressive three-terrace walled garden of Broughton Grange.

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.

Onform Talk

Tom will be presenting a talk titled 'Permeable Spaces' at Asthall Manorin Oxfordshire. He will be discussing about the various seductive spatial qualities of gardens.

Please contact Onform to reserve a place.

The Carpenter Arms

In celebration of the spectacular gardens at Mount St John and to showcase the fantastic produce grown on the estate, guests are invited to a gourmet dinner and an evening with Tom who will be discussing: “Why we make gardens in the first place, and what qualities make for interesting gardens.”

To book please contact The Carpenter Arms in Felixkirk.

The Barn Garden opens for NGS

The Barn Garden will be open to the public as part of The National Gardens Scheme. The NGS opens gardens, not normally open to visitors, to raise money for nursing and caring charities.

For further details about the scheme please contact the NGS.

Festival of Garden Literature

Tom will be presenting a talk at the second Festival of Garden Literature on 'Space and Enclosure'. The festival will take place in the stunning private walled gardens of the 17th Century Petworth House and Park in West Sussex.

For further details and to book a ticket please contact the Garden Museum.

Master Class on Garden Lighting

Tom will talk about the quality of space in gardens, using examples of his own work as well as others, and will also try to pin down what it takes to make a garden emotionally engaging. For further details please call the John Cullen Showroom on 0207371 5400.

Dovedale Arts Festival Talk

Tom will be presenting a talk titled 'The Place of the Garden in the Imagination' for the 5th Dovedale Arts Festival taking place in the heart of Dovedale in the Peak District. The talk will look at the place of gardens in the imagination. Tom will discuss images of gardens from history and designs of his own work that articulate ideas on our connection to place.

Further details about the festival can be seen here.

A Day in the Garden

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

As a Trustee of the Garden Museum, and on behalf of its Development Appeal, Tom will talk about his garden at the Barn, on three occasions, at three different times of the year. 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!

See further details here.

To book tickets please contact the Garden Museum on:
020 7401 8865, Rebecca@gardenmuseum.org.uk

Public Space, Private Money; New Opportunities for Urban Green Spaces

Tom will be discussing his experience of working on commercial public realm projects as part of the Garden Museum's Green Infrastructure Week.

Please contact the Garden Museum to book tickets.

Royal Academy Soapbox Talk

Tom will be presenting a talk titled 'Permeable Spaces' for the Soapbox series in relation to the Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined exhibition.

I will be discussing a variety of places, from the Mezquita in Cordoba to an eighteenth-century garden masterpiece and contemporary urban parks, to suggest that some have fundamental qualities that make for engaging spatial experiences.

– Tom

Please visit the RA website for further information.