Henry Phillips, writer on horticulture, was born in Henfield, Sussex. Early in his career Phillips designed the Kemp Town district of Brighton. He later designed an oriental garden containing a giant conservatory which collapsed during construction. Phillips was a member of the Horticultural Society and, in 1825, was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society. Throughout the 1820s and 1830s he published a large number of botanical works. He died of enteritis, at his home, 26 Russell Square, Brighton, on the 8th March 1840.