Profile

Based in London, I’ve spent the past 40 years working as a professional horticulturist in a wide variety of jobs across the industry. Starting out as an apprentice gardener in a glasshouse nursery, I spent a number of years honing the skills of a craftsman gardener. Later, my career broadened into teaching and I became responsible for developing and delivering courses in horticulture and landscape history at Capel Manor College.

Between 2002 and 2011 I worked as the Landscape Manager for the Duke of Westminster’s London estate in Belgravia and Mayfair, overseeing major replanting and restoration projects in each of the estate's private garden squares.

Since 2012, I have worked as a freelance consultant and horticulturist, providing garden design, horticultural training and consultancy in the management of historic landscapes and gardens. I’ve also written and delivered a number of garden history courses, including at Strawberry Hill House and at Senate House in Bloomsbury for Grapevine.  I teach occasional classes at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the RHS Garden Wisley, West Dean College and at the City Lit.

I am a convener for the Institute of Historical Research Gardens and Landscape seminars since and a trustee of the Professional Gardeners Trust and am in the examinations team for the M Hort (RHS) qualification.

In addition to my City and Guilds horticultural and teaching qualifications, in 2000 I gained the Architectural Association’s Post Graduate Diploma in the Conservation of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens and in 2007 was awarded a Masters Degree in Garden History from Birkbeck College.  I am currently researching the continuation of formal landscapes in the age of Capability Brown for a PhD with Queen Mary University of London.

If you'd like to know more, please email me at: smith.sra@zoho.com