Allen Smith, often described as one of America’s most talented garden designers, is the product of five generations of southern nurserymen. His foundational childhood experiences in planting naturally led to an appreciation for horticulture, genetic diversity, plant pairing and for an orderly and holistic approach to work. Later, as a garden and landscape graduate student in England, his design processes were refined to embrace each site’s unique characteristics and the needs of each unique commissioning family. Eschewing fashion, Mr. Smith identifies and sensitively accentuates the natural gifts of the landscape, imparting balance, harmony and beauty in the classic tradition of Palladio, Brown, Repton and Soane. His designs are an expression of his client’s lifestyle and their legacy–melding site with living material and improvements to create environments that mature and improve with the seasons. And Mr. Smith’s many esoteric interests and insights allow for a myriad of inclusions such as ornamented aviaries, sheep pastures, walled gardens, fruit orchards, kitchen herb gardens, container gardens, stumperies, rare rose collections, wildflower and pollinator fields, apiaries, ponds, and architecturally appropriate built structures and follies.
和蔼可亲的态度、幽默和谦逊为艾伦赢得了长久的客户关系，这种关系发展成了友谊，通常跨越几十年，为大家庭的多个成员（现在是几代人）工作。他因执行Ferme Ornee史密斯在阿肯色河小石城附近占地600英亩的私人莫斯山农场（Moss Mountain Farm estate）拥有一套宝贵的人才，吸引了私人家庭和企业的赞助人。他的投资组合包括多种多样的项目：种植园、联排别墅、校园、高尔夫俱乐部、新城开发和屋顶花园。总之，美丽、富足、和谐与自然和谐地结合在一起，为每位客人谋福利。
Mr. Smith’s family imbued him at an early age with an appreciation and love of the land. His passions were further directed at Hendrix College where he received a B.A. with an emphasis in Biology and History and then formalized in the classroom and by experience in England. During his time in Cheshire, Mr. Smith retraced the route, 200 years to-the-day, of Thomas Jefferson and John Adam’s famous tour of important English country homes. Mr. Smith studied the building practices, material use, scale, handcrafts, sensations, and proportions of the subjects of Jefferson’s journal, in addition to many others. And by establishing friendships with the descendants of these homes–Arley, Helmingham, Chatsworth amongst others–Mr. Smith learned first hand the design language of both the classic English garden and the classic English estate landscape. These insights provided a roadmap for his adaptation of enduring design components. Mr. Smith’s American designs are rendered in this unique voice and retain the sensation and grounding of significant precedent.