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Salon Talks: Luciano Giubbilei In Conversation with Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson, garden historian and landscape critic, is curating and convening a season of Salons at the Garden Museum.

For this Salon Talk, Tim will be joined by garden designer Luciano Giubbilei.

After moving from his birthplace, Siena, to London in the 1990s, Giubbilei studied at Inchbald School of Design, then established his own garden design practice.

Giubbilei began working on his experimental border at Great Dixter in 2012, encouraging an exploration of planting possibilities that has led the studio towards larger landscape projects in Europe and the US, including substantial commissions in Tuscany, on the Balearic island of Formentera and in Dallas, Texas.

In this talk, Tim and Luciano will discuss his evolving planting design and style, what he learnt from his years at Great Dixter, his inspirations, and what lies ahead for this star of the garden design world.

Speaker bios

  • Luciano Giubbilei

    Luciano Giubbilei

    Luciano Giubbilei began his career in gardens when he moved from his birthplace, Siena, to London in 1994. By 1997, he had completed his studies at the Inchbald School of Design and established his own practice. This practice has evolved with a defining emphasis on exploring and nurturing a sustained dialogue with artists, architects, plantsmen and craftsmen. It is this commitment to collaboration that Giubbilei believes is key to expanding and challenging the creative process, moving the practice from the limitations of a familiar language.

    Giubbilei began working on his experimental border at Great Dixter in 2012, encouraging an exploration of planting possibilities that has led the studio towards larger landscape projects in Europe and the US, including substantial commissions in Tuscany, on the Balearic island of Formentera and in Dallas, Texas.

    In 2014 Giubbilei was awarded Best Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the following year was invited by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to collaborate on an exhibition of the work of the American sculptor Ursula von Rydinsgvard at the Venice Art Biennale. In 2016 he received Siena’s Premio Mangia, given to those who have 'achieved a clear international reputation through their work' and, in so doing, have represented Siena on the world stage.

    Previous publications include ‘The Art of Making Gardens’ (2016) and ‘The Gardens of Luciano Giubbilei’ (2010), both published by Merrell.

  • Tim Richardson

    Tim Richardson

    Tim Richardson, garden historian and landscape critic, is an irreverent commentator on all matters pertaining to gardens. He was gardens editor at Country Life, at *Wallpaper magazine and edited New Eden, the contemporary gardens magazine. He is now a regular columnist in the gardening pages of the Daily Telegraph.

Image: Tuscan Garden © Andrew Montgomery