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Piet Oudolf

Landscapes In Landscapes

Piet Oudolf


The first monograph on the Dutch landscape gardener Piet Oudolf


A leading figure in the New Perennial planting movement, garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Perennials – prized for their beauty throughout their life cycle – are used almost exclusively.

Oudolf challenges conventional approaches to gardening that rely on short-lived bursts of colour and constant maintenance and shows the delights of creating lasting, ecologically sound panoramas that relate to the landscape and the seasons.

This glorious full-colour volume features twenty-three of Oudolf's most beautiful public and private gardens, including the widely acclaimed High Line and the Battery in New York City; Wisley, the RHS Garden in Surrey; the Pensthorpe Gardens in Norfolk; the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park in Chicago and Il Giardino delle Vergini at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

Noël Kingsbury's accessible text explains how each garden and the plants selected for it fit the specific environment. Oudolf's detailed plans provide inspiration and insight for all interested in both small personal gardens and large-scale public landscapes.

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'The landmark book by an historically significant designer and wildly knowledgeable plantsman … Piet Oudolf ranks among the greats, and his co-author Noel Kingsbury is his prophet. The book design by Dutch artist Irma Boom turns this into something extraordinary … All should win prizes'
BBC Gardens Illustrated

'A stunning display of Oudolf’s œuvre … Admirers of Oudolf’s work, and anyone interested in designing with perennials or in naturalistic planting, will find this book repays close attention and is a useful addition to their bookshelf'
Garden Design Journal

'Impressive, modern, mind-altering … the perfect tome to indulge deeper into Oudolf’s Dutch genius'
English Garden

'Refreshingly presented in a way that allows the documentation of Oudolf’s work to speak for itself - light on text and heavy on double-page photographs in which you can lose yourself'
House & Garden

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 29.0 x 22.8 cm

Extent: 282 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 31 May 2011

ISBN: 9780500289464

Contents List

Foreword – Robert Hammond • Hesmerg Garden, Sneek, The Netherlands 350m2 • Barcelona Garden, Barcelona, Spain 1,000m2 • Thews Garden, Fauluck, Germany 1,200m2 • Il Giardino delle Vergini, Venice, Italy 2,000m2 • Bury Court, Surrey, England 2,000m2 • Boon Garden, Oost zaan, The Netherlands 2,500m2 • Potters Fields Park, London, England 2,500m2 • Berne Park, Bottrop, Germany 3,000m • Witteveen Garden, Rotterdam,The Netherlands 3,000m2 • Wisley, Royal Horticultural Society Garden, Surrey, England 3,400m2 • 84 Dream Park, Enköping, Sweden 4,000m2 • Gräfl icher Park, Bad Driburg, Germany 4,500m2 • Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Norfolk, England 4,500m2 • County Cork Garden, Ireland 5,500m2 • Riverside Residence, Bonn, Germany 6,000m2 • Skärholmen Park, Stockholm, Sweden 8,000m2 • Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois 10,000m2 • Oudolf Garden, Hummelo, The Netherlands 10,000m2 •The High Line, New York, New York 11,000m2 • The Battery, New York, New York 11,500m2 • Trentham Estate, Staffordshire, England 12,300m2 • Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire, England 15,000m2 • Nantucket Garden, Massachusetts 25,000m2

About the Author

Piet Oudolf is one of the most distinguished landscape designers in the world today. He was the recipient of the Gold Medal and the title of 'Best in Show' at the Chelsea Flower Show 2000, the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for 2002 and many other awards. He is the author of Designing with Plants, Planting the Natural Garden and Piet Oudolf: Landscapes in Landscapes, among other volumes.

Noël Kingsbury is an internationally known writer on plants and gardens, and is the author of over fifteen books on the subject.

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