There aren’t a lot of gardeners who are modern day Capability Browns—who can take some fox hedging and turn it into something else entirely. One of the masters at work today is Sienese gardener Luciano Giubbilei, who make these architectural, rarefied, and conceptual spaces that defy all preconceived ideas about what a garden can actually be. In a nutshell, they’re more like living pieces of art.
His story is fascinating, and not just because he’s won countless awards—including Best in Show 2014 at the Chelsea Flower Show in London—but because he’s the first to admit he’s still learning. In fact, a few years ago, at the recommendation of Paul Smith, he asked to start a kind of apprenticeship at the Great Dixter, since he felt like he could pick up some new tricks at this mecca for emerging gardeners. We asked him a few questions about his work below. (Read more.)