Stephen Smith

Stephen has tutored in horticulture for over 25 years, and has nearly 40 years experience of practical gardening under his belt. He began as an apprentice gardener and started his teaching career at Capel Manor. For 10 years he was Landscape Manager at the Grosvenor Estate in London.

My approach to teaching.

My teaching style is informal and I link theory with practical demonstration wherever I can. Courses are designed to suit new gardeners as well as those with some experience.

What inspires your own work?

In gardening there's always more to learn, watching the penny drop when teaching is rewarding and the gardens at West Dean are an inspirational place to work.

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West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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