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Tom Stuart-Smith – Chelsea gold-medal-winning designer joined by Highgrove’s head gardener, Debs Goodenough

Product code: EVT01877

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Chelsea gold-medal-winning landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith, will share with you the spectacular gardens he has designed around the world and will be joined by Highgrove’s Head Gardener, Debs Goodenough, to look closer to home at the inspirational design and planting of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove.

Followed by champagne and canapes, a delicious two-course lunch and a tour of the stunning spring Royal Gardens.

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Gardens and Culture

Tom Stuart-Smith has designed a number of gardens around the world, from the waterways of Kerala to the Medina of the Marrakech and this has led him to realise that our approach to gardening in Britain is both unique and eccentric. In this fascinating talk, Tom will look at gardens he has made in India, Morocco, the Caribbean and the US, in contrast to some of the gardens he has created in the UK, to illustrate the different place that gardens occupy in different cultures.

Joining Tom, Highgrove’s Head Gardener, Debs Goodenough, will look at how HRH The Prince of Wales has been influenced and inspired by his travels both globally and throughout the UK and personal experiences of visiting gardens, and how this has been translated into the Royal Gardens at Highgrove.

Dine and Explore

Following your talk with Tom Stuart-Smith you’ll enjoy a glass of Highgrove Champagne served with delicious canapes, before being seated in the beautiful setting of the Orchard Restaurant for a two-course lunch, freshly prepared by Highgrove’s resident chefs.

After lunch, one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert garden guides will lead you in groups on a 75 minute garden tour, where you’ll learn about the history of the estate while taking in the key highlights of the gardens, including breathtaking displays of Spring bulbs.

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  • 10:30am Guests arrive, morning coffee is served
  • 11:00am Talk by Tom Stuart-Smith
  • 12:00pm Champagne and canapes served
  • 12:30pm Seated for two-course lunch
  • 1:30pm Garden tours (75 minutes)
  • 2:45pm Guests depart

Experience a special season in HRH’s gardens

Visit the Highgrove Estate shop

Celebrate a truly glorious time of the year

About Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape architect whose work is characterised by strong contrasts between built form and naturalist planting. Tom read zoology at Cambridge before completing a post-graduate degree in Landscape Design and set up his own practice in 1998. He has designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show. Eight of these have been awarded gold medals, and three have won ‘Best in Show’.


About Debs Goodenough

Raised on a small mixed farm in north western Alberta, Canada, Debbie (Debs) inherited her love of gardening from her mother tended an acre of vegetable garden to keep the family through the year and another acre of ornamental garden for pleasure.

Training initially in horticulture in Canada, Debs combined her desire to travel with training in her chosen profession by working as an intern at Denver Botanic Gardens, then coming to Britain to train at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Although planning to return to Canada, it was here she met her husband, Simon, as a Supervisor at Kew and carried on to work at Kew for IUCN in plant conservation. Moving from London, ten years were spent working with her husband Simon at Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight where Debs ran the nurseries and show houses before becoming Head Gardener at Osborne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s country home for twelve years coordinating the restoration of this 300 acre estate and managing other historic landscapes.

In 2008 she took on the position as Head Gardener to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall with gardening responsibilities in all their properties which are run organically, each with their own unique climatic conditions.



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