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Tony Smith

Tony Smith Artist and Garden Designer

  • Date Joined: 13 Mar 2009

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  • Come on Spring!

    Tony Smith on 24 Feb 2010 at 04:31 PM

    At about 11am today I stepped out of the garage and onto my newly gravelled drive. The witch-hazel, Hamamelis intermedia 'Arnold Promise', is flowering and I could feel the sun on my back as I savoured its sweet fragrance. This was an all too fleeting glimpse of the spring that I hope will arrive soon. Now it's getting darker and the rain is hammering on the window as it seems to have been doing for months.

    Thankfully my plants for Chelsea are all safely tucked up under glass. The Easigrass garden will have three distinct planting areas. The first, and most challenging from the growers point of view, is a bedding scheme consisting of Tulip China Pink, Bronze Fennel and Verbena Silver Ann; the flowering time of the tulips being our main concern


  • Show Garden Junkie

    Tony Smith on 21 Feb 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Last year I spent 10 months working on or at flower shows, and having completed a trio of show gardens for Quilted Velvet I think I may be addicted to them!

    For me it's all about escapism. I love the unreality of it all, so much so that however exhausted I was last autumn I wasn't content with the prospect of designing only one in 2010 (the Easigrass garden at Chelsea), but wanted more. To this end I submitted conceptual designs to Hampton and Tatton in the hope that this would satisfiy the cravings


  • Preparation and Anticipation

    Tony Smith on 14 Feb 2010 at 03:20 PM

    Show gardens are all about planning and preparation, and to this end we have spent the last couple of weeks constructing The Plantaholic's Kitchen Garden in kit form so that it can be quickly reassembled at the show, when time is of the essence. We will also tweak, and hopefully perfect, the finer details that we hope will impress the judges.

    The studwork frame is now finished and the roof on, allowing us to get a feel for the sheltered, secluded atmosphere we want to create at Chelsea


  • The Urban Plantaholic's Kitchen Garden

    Tony Smith on 10 Feb 2010 at 11:36 AM

    I said in my last post back in August that we may return, and that has proved to be at least partly true. I am back with a new sponsor; Quilted Velvet having decided not to participate in the shows this year. Not, they assure me, a decision that had anything to do with my slightly eccentric designs. Everyone involved agreed our three show gardens were a great success.

    Now it's time for something completely different. As I announced on my personal blog, Pea Soup and Pork Pies, to be found at, I am now working on an Urban Garden at Chelsea for Easigrass, the artifical grass company