The landscape at Croome. Credit NT Images James Dobson

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose birthday (probably) falls this August. His actual date of birth is not known but he was baptised on 30 August 1716 at a time when babies were baptised very soon after birth, so we have declared August as his Birthday Month!

Special celebratory birthday month events

The nationwide Capability Brown Festival celebrates the life, work and legacy of England’s most famous gardener, often dubbed the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’ or the ‘grandfather of landscape architecture’.

This year the Capability Brown Festival has seen a myriad of events including exhibitions, guided walks, musical performances and family friendly events held at many landscapes across England and Wales.

This August, to celebrate Brown’s birthday month there are even more celebratory events taking place, including: Capabili-Teas at Scampston (Yorkshire), a family picnic in Gatton Park (Surrey) and a three-hour bell ringing marathon on Brown’s baptism day at Croome (Worcestershire).

"A man of genius"

Ceryl Evans, Director of the Capability Brown Festival, says: “Brown’s portfolio is impressive – we see examples of his influence from Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire to Chilham Castle in Kent, which back in the 18th century wouldn’t have been easy to manage, whether in terms of the geographical spread of his client portfolio, or the practical difficulties of travelling around the country!

"Brown was not just a landscape architect; he was an engineer, entrepreneur, salesman and an extremely effective businessman too. It was the combination of these skills which led to his success across England and Wales, and what better time to celebrate his accomplishments than in his birthday month.”

For further details, visit: www.capabilitybrown.org

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