Monday, December 4, 6:00 pm – Sissinghurst: Revitalizing Vita Sackville West’s Garden


Landscape designer Troy Scott Smith’s passion for the natural world developed during his childhood spent in the Yorkshire countryside. He began his gardening career in 1987 creating gardens in both the United Kingdom and France, and joined the National Trust in 1990. Apart from one year as the Curator for The Royal Horticultural Society, he has been caring for Trust gardens ever since. Troy spent seven years as Head Gardener at The Courts in Wiltshire and another seven at Bodnant Garden in Wales, where he led a 3.4 million pound restoration. Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle since 2013, Troy and his team of seven full-time gardeners are working to revitalize and maintain the beauty and romance of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson’s exquisite garden.

Troy has also worked with the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, co-designing the Floral Colour spectrum at the latter. An avid photographer, Troy was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society garden photographer of the year prize in 2003. He also writes regularly for garden magazines and daily newspapers, and presents of NBC’s Gardeners’ World.

The Royal Oak Foundation Fall 2017 Lecture will take place Monday, December 4 at 6:00 pm at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue. Ticket information will be available shortly. For more information visit www.royal-oak.org.