‘Making a garden for yourself is very different from doing it for someone else. So much of the pleasure is to do with the coaxing and tending, the daily observance of small details, and the accumulation of change over the years,’ says Tom Stuart-Smith, in his book, The Barn Garden. He set up his own practice in 1998, and now has a team of nine landscape architects and designers. Flagship designs include a garden around the Bicentenary Glasshouse at Wisley and a recent commission to create the Keeper’s House Garden at the Royal Academy of Arts. The eight-time gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show says that however good the design for a garden is, it is nothing without the right gardener to look after it.