We are not ashamed to admit that when it comes to garden designers we can get a little bit star-struck in the presence of our favourites, so the thought of being able to visit their very own gardens and being given a tour by said designers is our idea of heaven. And as luck would have it the Garden Museum has organised a series of private garden tours this summer kicking off with the stunning work of one of our horticultural heroes Tom Stuart Smith on 8th June and 23rd July. His beautiful barn garden in Hertfordshire was created from scratch over two decades (there’s an excellent book, The Barn Garden, that you can buy at the Garden Museum and online that charts its progress from empty fields to series of crisp garden rooms and a more romantic prairie and meadow). Afterwards there’s also an opportunity to tour the gardens next door at Serge Hill where Tom grew up and which is now gardened by his sister, Kate.
Next up will be a day in the garden of Spilsbury Farm with Tania Compton – this is the first time that the writer and garden designer, along with her husband botanist Jamie Compton, has opened the gardens they have created in fields surrounding their Wiltshire farmhouse. There are two days available on 25th June or 19th September and both days include lunch and afternoon tea. All days are held on behalf of the Garden Museum Development Appeal and places are very limited.