Tom Stuart-Smith from London took a degree in zoology at Cambridge University and then read landscape design at Manchester University. He has been practising as a landscape architect since 1984. His earlier work included improvements at Plumpton Place, a moated medieval house reconstructed by Lutyens for the founder of Country Life, a new formal garden at Gorhambury in Hertfordshire and a masterplan for the restoration of the arboretum at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire.

After working as a director for Elizabeth Banks Associates in many restoration projects, he set up his own practice in 1998, where he frequently collaborates with other designers, architects and sculptors.

For the Chelsea Flower Show he designed five gold medal winning gardens, including the “Best Garden in the Show” in 2003.

His work also includes Church Court in London, the gardens at Aubrey House, a large new walled garden in Oxfordshire including an abstract Pottager, a number of large private gardens in the country and a new garden at Windsor Castle commissioned by the Royal Household to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Other projects extend from Long Island to the south of France.