The Barn Garden by Tom and Sue Stuart-Smith

The Barn Garden

The month after we launched Crocus in April 2000 we started work on Tom’s Garden for the Garden History Society at Chelsea. It was the first of 7 gold medal gardens we have built for Tom, 3 of which were judged ‘Best in Show’. We have also supplied the plants for all of Tom’s major commissions, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee garden at Windsor, the restoration of Trentham in Staffordshire, Broughton Grange in Oxfordshire and countless others. So when Tom was looking for an outlet for his new book ‘The Barn Garden’ which he has written with his wife Sue, it seemed obvious that we should stock it.

It is a charming memoir, written about the creation of a garden that has been formed with the help of Tom’s parents, his family and friends. If nothing else it should encourage its readers to document their own progress with their gardens, and make their own scrapbooks - however modest the endeavour. Apart from being a wonderful documentary record of the garden, the book contains fabulous photographs of the garden in all seasons by Andrew Lawson and Marianne Majerus, and the text gives a fascinating insight into Tom’s ideas about design and the way he combines plants.

Its an easy and inspiring read, written by a designer at the top of his game. The Barn Garden is a book you will want to both keep and buy for gardening friends. The book costs £18.50 and all the profits for the book are to go to charity.Click here to buy the book

The Garden museum of London is hosting a major retrospective of Tom's work. They are kindly allowing Crocus customers to get preferential rates to each of three talks. Tickets to some tours of Tom's gardens are also available at