Profile

Based in London, I’ve spent the past 37 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. 

Since 2013 I’ve written and delivered a number of garden history courses, most recently at Strawberry Hill House and at Senate House in Bloomsbury.  I also teach occasional classes at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the RHS Garden Wisley, West Dean College and at the City Lit.

I have been a convener for the Institute of Historical Research Gardens and Landscape seminars since 2012 and am currently (2017) a trustee of the Professional Gardeners Trust.

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.  

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