Tom Stuart-Smith at the Garden Museum

by Rhiannon James

Broughton Grange in Oxfordshire will be one of the six gardens featured in the exhibition (credit: Rob Whitworth)

Eight-time Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Tom Stuart-Smith, is to be the subject of a new exhibition at the Garden Museum in London, which opens on 16th May.

The exhibition will explore Stuart-Smith’s work by focusing on six rarely-seen, private gardens, including the designer’s own.

Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum said, “Tom Stuart-Smith is one of the leading garden designers at work today, who has won Best in Show at Chelsea time after time. So there’s a huge curiosity about him. But he’s also someone who lends himself to an exhibition because of the depth and complexity of the ideas and inspirations behind each garden – which an exhibition can explore through drawings and sketches, photographs and film.”

Two London gardens, which showcase Stuart-Smith’s modern, elegant style, will feature in the exhibition. One is a private city garden which the designer has planted with tree ferns, grasses and box to create a dramatic year-round effect and the other is an enclosed courtyard garden at The Connaught hotel.

Sketch by Tom Stuart-Smith

Stuart-Smith’s own garden in Hertfordshire, created with his wife Sue over 25 years, will also be part of the exhibition along with three country house gardens in Oxfordshire, Norfolk and Yorkshire.

As well as extensive photographs and large-scale drawings, the exhibition will include six specially-commissioned films, which reveal how each garden changes in response to the seasons.

The Garden Museum will also be hosting a series of evening talks by Tom Stuart-Smith on 8th, 15th and 22nd June to coincide with the exhibition.

Planting Paradise: the Gardens of Tom Stuart-Smith opens on 16th May and runs until 29th August at the Garden Museum.




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