Piet Oudolf documentary teaser from Thomas Piper on Vimeo.

Who’s this guy? You might ask…fair enough, you maybe don’t know his name, but I’m pretty sure you are familiar with his work. If you are in NYC, he’s the responsible for the planting selection & garden design of our popular ‘new-ish’ park The Highline in Chelsea and the old classic Battery Park. In Chicago, he is responsible for the jaw-dropping Lurie Garden. In 2011 he designed the well-received enclosed garden of the temporary Summer installation The Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, UK. These are just a few of many, many projects.

Piet Oudolf is a Dutch garden designer, extremely influential on the current generation of upcoming lasndscape professionals.

Piet Oudolf’s planting design for the Lurie Garden provides four season interest through a progression of colors and blooms. 

He, through his work, promotes the use of perennials in the gardens and the appreciation of plants even when they are considered to be dead. His combinations of herbaceous perennials and grasses display a different spectacle every single day of the year, emphasizing that there’s beauty on every stage of life.

His gardens exude a feeling of nostalgia and an urgency of discovery due to the multiple layers that compose them, just as the different notes of a classic symphony from Tchaikovsky (my favorite), who merged impromptu touches of drama within melodious variants of rhythms.


Piet Oudolf garden design at the Serpentine Gallery


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