Monthly Archives: April 2014

Barn Garden Open Days at Tom Stuart-Smiths Garden near St Albans

Heather spotted this, the garden is very near St Albans and well worth visiting, original source over here:

A Day in the Garden with Tom Stuart-Smith and the Garden Museum

12 May, 14 July and 15 September 2014

Come and spend a day with one of Britain’s most influential contemporary landscape designers, Tom Stuart-Smith.

As a Trustee of the Garden Museum, and on behalf of its Development Appeal, Tom will talk about his garden at the Barn, on three occasions, at three different times of the year – May, July and September, when it is not normally open to the public.

Each day will include a tour, a talk from Tom about the garden at that time of year, a delicious lunch, and the opportunity to wander round both the Barn garden and, over the road, the gardens at Serge Hill (now gardened by his sister Kate) – where Tom grew up.

Or you could just drop in for the afternoon to explore both gardens, and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake. Places for the full day visit are limited.

  • Please book in advance for a full day visit (11.00- 15.00) to include a tour and talk by Tom with lunch – £85
  • Drop in for the afternoon (14.30 – 17.30, no booking required) with tea served in the gardens – £15

For booking and further information please contact Rebecca Nicholl at the Garden Museum: 020 7401 8865,

All proceeds support the creation of the Garden Design Archive, to preserve the future legacies of great garden designers and makers, part of the Garden Museum Development Appeal

The Garden Museum is a Registered Charity, No. 1088221

A May Day at Serge Hill with Tom Stuart-Smith, 12th May 14
A July Day at Serge Hill with Tom Stuart-Smith, 14th July 14
A September Day at Serge Hill with Tom Stuart-Smith, 15th Sept 14

Chrysanthemums with Judy Barker on Radio 4

Today (April 8th) at 11am, Radio 4 aired a programme on Chrysanthemums which featured one of our members, Judy Barker. The programme is available to listen on iPlayer here.

The BBC description of the show is this:

Gorgeous, medicinal and edible, Chrysanthemums come with whole worlds in their blossoms. Jools Gilson pursues these remarkable plants from her Grandad’s garden in the 1930s to the latest National Chrysanthemum Show in Stafford. Along the way, she visits championship grower Ivor Mace’s greenhouse in the Rhondda Valley and sips chrysanthemum tea ceremoniously in London.

What is it that drives people to tend their chrysanthemums as if they were newborn babies? And what is the connection between these floral shenanigans and the chrysanthemums used as ancient Chinese herbal remedies for calming itchy eyes and lowering blood pressure?

Jools returns to her roots, to ask her aunties how her Grandfather found time to grow something just because it was beautiful – between factory shifts, growing vegetables and trapping rabbits to feed his ten children.

What blossoms is a story of survival, and the pursuit of perfection.

25th Birthday Party for Herts HPS Group