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11 November, 2019


Arley to welcome top garden designer


One of the UK’s most renowned garden designers will attend this year’s Arley Garden Festival.

Tom Stuart-Smith, who designed a garden at Windsor Castle to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, will give a lecture at the festival, which is now in its 25th year.

Tom commented: “I am looking forward to being part of this event, which I am aware attracts both horticultural enthusiasts as well as less experienced gardeners.”

He added: “Arley is the perfect place for a festival of this kind because it is renowned in the horticultural world for its immaculate gardens and in particular the double herbaceous border.”

Tom has designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show, with eight awarded gold medals and three winning ‘Best in Show’.

He runs a landscape design practice with a reputation for making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity.

His work ranges from large gardens and parks that open to the public, to smaller private gardens.

He is responsible for the masterplan of the RHS’ new garden at Bridgewater in Salford, set to open in 2020.

Tom’s lecture at the Arley Garden Festival will focus on walled gardens and tickets are on sale now.

“I will be looking at examples as varied as an Islamic garden in the heart of Marrakech to the new Paradise garden at RHS Bridgewater and of course the proposals for a Memorial Garden soon to be built at Arley Hall,” he explained.

Every year around 5,000 garden enthusiasts – as well as those looking for a great family day out – visit the Arley Garden Festival.

Among the highlights are specialist plant nurseries, a floral marquee, food fair, craft stalls and a ‘Question Time’ with gardening experts.

There’s also live music, a classic car display and children’s entertainment.

Pupils from local schools will create their own show gardens, which will be given awards based on the votes of judges and the public.