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Drawn From the Land | Tom Stuart-Smith and Tim Richardson

This talk will take place both in person at the Garden Museum and live streamed online.

We are delighted to announce our first in-person talk at the Garden Museum in 2021! This in-conversation will celebrate the launch of Drawn From The Land by Tim Richardson, the first critical monograph about the work of one of our leading landscape designers.

Readers will learn about his inspirations and methods, while also marveling at the beauty of his designs in twenty-four gardens around the world. Each garden is accompanied by an overview drawing, spectacular commissioned photography, and text by leading garden writer Tim Richardson. Offering rare insights and ideas on planting and design, this book is a must-have for garden lovers and gardening professionals.

Landscape architect and designer Tom Stuart-Smith began his practice in London in 1998. Known for contrasting built forms with naturalistic planting, he has designed gardens, parks and landscapes in Europe, India, Morocco, the United States and the Caribbean.

After many years in the making, the book, Drawn from the Land, is due to be published on 18th May by Thames & Hudson. Alongside the trade edition of the book,  a two-volume collector’s edition in a slipcase has been commissioned from Thames & Hudson. This includes a book of drawings with additional essays by Tim and Tom.

Tim Richardson is a landscape historian and critic of contemporary landscape design whose recent books include Sissinghurst: the Dream Garden, Cambridge College Gardens and Garden and Landscape Sketchbooks. He is a garden columnist for the Daily Telegraph, art critic for The Idler and teaches on London University’s MA course on landscape history.


  • Tom Stuart-Smith

    Tom Stuart-Smith

    Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape architect whose work is characterised by strong contrasts between built form and naturalistic planting. Tom read Zoology at Cambridge before completing a postgraduate degree in Landscape Design at the University of Manchester. He worked for several years at Hal Moggridge and Elizabeth Banks Associates before setting up his own practice in London in 1998.

    Tom has since designed parks, gardens and landscapes throughout Europe, India, USA and Caribbean. 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, the Bicentenary Glasshouse Garden at Wisley for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and on a smaller scale, the Keepers 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, India, and a show garden for the international horticulture exhibition at IGA Berlin 2017. Current projects include a garden square at King’s Cross in London 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 Gallery Wakefield, and the masterplan for the RHS’s gardens at Bridgewater (near Salford) which is the largest new garden project in the UK.

    Tom 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’. In 2018, Tom was delighted to return to the Chelsea Flower Show after eight years absence to create The Weston Garden, celebrating 60 years of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

  • Tim Richardson

    Tim Richardson

    Tim Richardson is a gardens writer and historian, the author of a number of books including Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden, The New English Garden, Avant Gardeners and Great Gardens of America. He is a member of the National Trust's gardens advisory panel, a trustee of the Garden History Society, the author of Oxford University's course on landscape history and founder-director of the annual Chelsea Fringe Festival. He has two new books out this autumn: Oxford College Gardens (September) and Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks (November) and in June published his first volume of poetry: Righteous Ire of the Reincarnated Jethro Tull (Live Canon Press).

Image: Allan Pollok-Morris