RHS Iconic Horticultural Hero Garden – Tom Stuart-Smith

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In 2020 Landscape Architect Tom Stuart-Smith is the Iconic Horticultural Hero at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. For the Festival he has designed a climate-resilient planting of meadow perennials interspersed with Mediterranean shrubs. It includes a loose planting of figs, Pistacia, Phillyrea and the rare Mediterranean conifer Tetraclinis articulata. Together these trees and shrubs form a framework for a colourful mix of flowers and grasses. Every plant included is adapted to hot and fairly dry conditions.
The herbaceous plants are grown by the Sunnyside Rural Trust, a charity and social enterprise established to train adults with learning difficulties in various rural activities, particularly horticulture.

With thanks to Crocus, supplier of the garden’s woody plants.

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