John Phibbs' Story
John Phibbs travelled to Sweden and Russia in 1983, to investigate English style landscape designs in Northern Europe.
He wanted to understand more about the techniques and problems facing these landscapes, as well as maintenance difficulties. His aim was to promote ways that formal and English traditions of gardening could be considered as compatible, rather than opposed to each other.
John has gone on to become the Principal of Debois Landscape Survey Group, and is a renowned garden historian and author with more than 30 years’ experience of planning and management of historic landscapes, conservation and restoration planning. He set up the Capability Brown 1716–2016 Partnership of 20 organisations to celebrate the life and achievements of Britain’s greatest landscape gardener and to spread greater understanding and enjoyment of his work and influence. His book on Capability Brown as a designer will be published in 2016. John is encouraging owners of the surviving Brown landscapes to open them to the public for celebration during 2016.