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Tony Smith

Tony Smith Artist and Garden Designer

  • Date Joined: 13 Mar 2009

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Specialist, Generalist

Posted by Tony Smith on 18 Mar 2010 at 10:10 PM

One of the joys of being a designer, and in particular designing show gardens, is that it always seems to lead you to something new and interesting.

A designer needs to know a little about a lot of things, and then to be able to track down specialist assistance when his own knowledge runs out. 

In my case I often have an idea based on not much more than a hunch about a subject. When this happens I am very quickly out of my depth. Over the last few years I have found myself researching and working with experts in many fields.

Here are some examples: Ancient Greek scholars and model makers at the British Museum, specialist growers of heather, bedding, ferns, orchids, Christmas trees and palms, cabinet makers, green oak building manufacturers, slate quarries and stone fabricators.

Currently I am working on two show projects; The Easigrass Garden at Chelsea and a visionary garden at Tatton Park called A Matter Of Time. These two projects nicely illustrate this diversity. Just in the last few weeks I have been choosing fabrics with an interior designer and working with an upholsterer for Chelsea, as well as collaborating with a sculptor, bedding grower and special effects company for Tatton Park.

Exciting stuff!



Jen said:

If you ever require a gas main engineer give me a bell!!

Seriously though its heaven to be in a varied job to learn something new everyday doing the thing that you love.

Count your blessings. Its lovely to hear a positive happy attitude. Good luck with the design


on 19 Mar 2010 at 06:30 PM