January 28, 2015

PASCAL GARBE

PASCAL GARBE
Garden Designer; Vice President International Garden Tourism Network; International Garden Tourism Person of the Year 2011.  France

Making your Garden Relevant to the Tourism Industry

Pascal Garbe is the project manager for Gardens Policy with the Moselle Conseil Général (a local government). Since 2005, he has also been the director of the Laquenexy Fruit Gardens and designed many gardens all over the world.

After studying landscaping and related subjects (Baccalaureate with Distinction, BTSA with Distinction), he took a course in garden architecture (Graduate in Landscape and Garden Design) in Belgium. He came top in his year, then worked for several consultancies both in France and abroad.

His love of gardens and small spaces later led him to work with many gardening experts. One particular collaboration was when he spent over a year working alongside Princess Greta Sturdza, the owner of the Vastérival garden near Dieppe. He regularly works with many world-renowned experts such as Graham Stuart Thomas (who died in 2003), Shunmyo Masuno (Japan), Piet Oudolf (NL), Penelope Hobhouse (GB), Sir Roy Strong (GB), Made Wijaya (Indonesia) and more, and maintains links with the leading bodies in the gardening world (the RHS, Kew Gardens, the New York Botanical Garden, the Montreal Botanical Garden, etc.).

Every other year, on behalf of the Moselle Conseil Général, he organises an international conference on garden tourism that brings together the greatest experts in the world. It is considered by the international press to be the biggest event ever organised on the subject ("Financial Times", "Gardens Illustrated", etc.).

Pascal Garbe is also on the panel of judges for the International Garden Festival in Chaumont sur Loire (every year), Singapore Garden Festival (2014, 2012, 2010, 2008), Ellerslie International Flower Show (New Zealand), Gardening World Cup (Japan) and a one of the most influential judges for the ‘Plant Days’ at Courson and at Saint-Jean de Beauregard.

In 2008, he presided over the prestigious rose competition in Orléans.

He regularly contributes to a great many gardening magazines both in France and abroad (Les Jardins d'Eden, Ami des Jardins, Rustica, Détente Jardin, El Jardin en la Argentina, etc.) and is the author of around twenty books on gardens and plants, some are now best sellers in Europe !

In 1997, he was nominated for the Electra Foundation prize.
In 2004, he received the International Vever prize for his work on gardens.
In 2011, he received the International Garden Tourism Person of the Year Award.


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