Massachusetts Horticultural Society is thrilled to offer an afternoon of insight into the people who became influencing factors and cultivated the foundation and appreciation of landscape design. Join us for an afternoon lecture series on the design principals of Brown, Repton, and Olmsted followed by a panel discussion. Facilitated by Carr, Phibbs and local experts, the audience will have a chance to express their questions. Meet, mingle and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals at the reception following.
Capability Brown & Humphry Repton; Landscape, Empire and War
Beginning with efforts first made by Lancelot "Capability" Brown and then by his successor Humphry Repton, both looked to implement an ever greater closeness to the environment that they found around them. Then in the case of Repton, to progress beyond that - to make landscapes that inspire joy. With every decade from 1750-1820 these two men stripped away and received ideas of what landscape gardening should do, one after another – the difficulty, of course, is to recognise simplicity when you see it and to know joy when you find it.
As the Romantic Movement found its voice, there was Revolution, and then came Napoleon.
John Phibbs has run Debois Landscape Survey Group in Chalford, England since 1978. It is dedicated to the management and conservation of historic landscapes of all kinds. He led the tercentennial celebrations of the birth of Capability Brown in 2016 and published two books on Brown at that time: Capability Brown, designing the English Landscape for Rizzoli, and Place-making, the Art of Capability Brown for Historic England and the National Trust. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for Services to Landscape Architecture in 2017.
F. L. Olmsted and an American "Natural Style
Carr will discuss the ways in which British landscape gardening became American landscape architecture, and what that shift implied for the planning and design of urban, state, and national parks in the U.S. in the nineteenth century.
Ethan Carr, Phd, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture and the director of the Master’s of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a landscape historian and preservationist specializing in public landscapes. He has written two award-winning books, Wilderness by Design (1998) and Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma (2007) that describe the twentieth-century history of planning and design in the U.S. national park system as the context for considering its future management. He was the volume editor for The Early Boston Years, 1882-1890 of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted (2013). His latest book is The Greatest Beach, a history of Cape Cod National Seashore (2019).