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Crocus at the Chelsea Flower Show 2024

The National Garden Scheme Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, sponsored by Project Giving Back and brought to life by Crocus

Helen Derrin

Written by: Crocus Plant Doctor, Helen

Last updated: May 2024


Awarded Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

This year marks our 11th collaboration with Tom Stuart-Smith at the Chelsea Flower Show. An innovative designer and a true plantsman, Tom loves to find rare and unusual plants to feature in his gardens - and it’s something that he'll be doing once again this year.

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We're looking forward to seeing how plant form and textures are celebrated in what will be a quiet, woodland garden, and anticipate the feeling of immersion he'll create under the canopy of five large coppiced hazels.

Cocooned on two sides by a screen of native hedging, Tom’s garden will become a hub for birds and other wildlife, while dry-laid pathways will gently wind through drifts of calming, understory planting, before leading onto a secluded seating area and large ‘shed’.


Plants from far and wide

Finding the plants for the garden this year has been a real team effort, with twelve NGS open garden owners across the country dipping into their own private collections to donate a plant. Now having been potted up and grown on in our Windlesham nursery for the last few months, they're all set to make their Chelsea debut.


Making just a short pit stop at Chelsea (just enough time really to give us all a masterclass in shady woodland planting), the show garden was designed very much with its final destination in mind: Maggie’s at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Forming the foundation of a brand new (and much larger) garden there, Tom's aim was to create a calm, restorative, sanctuary garden with a strong sense of place, where both staff and visitors can take time out.

Being a garden for the NGS (and having opened his own garden for them for over 30 years), Tom will be celebrating how gardens can bring people together - so we’re hugely looking forward to seeing Mary Berry hosting visitors in the ‘shed’ with what is bound to be a delicious slice of cake.


Plants we love from Tom's garden

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