Tom Stuart-Smith & Guy Petheram


Tom Stuart-Smith & Guy Petheram - Gardening


Tom Stuart-Smith created, developed and teaches “Design & Create your dream country garden” and assignments are marked by Guy Petheram. Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape architect whose work combines naturalism with modernity and built forms with romantic planting. He read Zoology at the University of Cambridge before completing a postgraduate degree in Landscape Design. Tom has since designed gardens, parks and landscapes throughout the world. Significant projects in the public domain have included Her Majesty the Queen's Jubilee Garden at Windsor Castle, Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, the Bicentenary Glasshouse Garden at RHS Garden Wisley and the Keeper’s House Garden at the Royal Academy of Arts. International projects have included Le Jardin Secret in the heart of the medina in Marrakech, a garden located on the waterways near Kottayam in Kerala, and a show garden for the international horticulture exhibition at IGA Berlin 2017. Current projects include a garden square at King’s Cross for Argent LLP and the Aga Khan Foundation, several projects at Chatsworth, a garden for the Scottish baronial estate of Aldourie Castle, a new public garden at the Hepworth Wakefield, and the masterplan for RHS Garden Bridgewater which is the largest new garden project in the UK. He has also designed eight award winning gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show, all of which were presented with gold medals and three ‘Best in Show’. Tom regularly gives talks and lectures, and continues to write occasionally for the Guardian, Financial Times and Daily Telegraph, amongst others. An exhibition on his work, the first about a living garden designer in the UK, was held at the Garden Museum in 2011. A monograph of his work to date is due to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2020. Tom is a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society, a trustee of the Garden Museum, Garden Advisor at RHS Wisley, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a Fellow of the Landscape Institute. Throughout his career Tom has also developed his own family garden at home in Hertfordshire, which is open to visitors each summer, by appointment. - Guy Petheram - Guy Petheram is a highly experienced garden designer and currently runs his own garden design practice based in the UK. He has exhibited his garden designs and planting at some of the top RHS shows. Guy has taught Garden Design at degree level at Nottingham Trent University, as well as being a solicitor in a former life! He also has project managed garden TV shows, has a Masters in Journalism (specialising in horticulture) and has written for publications including The Garden, Garden Design Journal, British Farmer & Grower, Lincolnshire Life, Landscape Insight, The Professional Gardener, Root & Branch and The Journal.


Awards & Accreditations

  • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year