2019 Contemporary

Landscape Planting Forum


Tom Stuart Smith

Tom is a British Landscape Architect who has created extraordinary designed landscapes around the world, specialising in very large private gardens, often on the scale of public parks.  Tom Stuart-Smith has practiced as a Landscape Architect since 1985. After reading Zoology at Cambridge he studied Landscape Design at Manchester University. Since establishing his own practice in 1998 he has designed parks, gardens and landscapes throughout Europe, India, USA and Caribbean. He has collaborated with many prominent architects on projects overseas, including Henning Larsen in Spain, Studio Mumbai in India and France and Olson Kundig in the USA. In the UK he has enjoyed a close working relationship with a range of practices from Allies and Morrison, Haworth Tompkins, to Jamie Fobert and Ptolemy Dean. He has also designed 8 Gold Medal winning and 3 best in show gardens at the world’s leading garden design festival, the Chelsea Flower Show. Significant projects in the public domain have included the Queen's Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle to mark the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire (winner of a public vote in 2016 as the BBC Garden of the Year), the Glasshouse Garden at RHS Wisley, a large garden in the Medina in Marrakech, Le Jardin Secret, opened to the public in 2016, and on a smaller scale, the Keepers House Garden at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tom is a co-designer with James Hitchmough of one of the 5 master gardens at the 2019 Beijing Horticultural Expo.  Tom is currently working on the masterplan for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) new garden at Bridgewater, near Salford, the largest new garden project in the UK. He is a Vice President of the RHS and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).