After Piet and Anja Oudolf closed their 6,000-square-foot nursery, it left an empty space. Writer Noel Kingsbury was fortunate to witness its “wild” transformation. I am long time fan of Piet’s evolving perrenial and grass landscapes and although this largely consists of North american Perennials and grasses, I can imagine theses effects and low maintenance planting ideas being eminently suited too a pallete of South african grass species, our perennials and bulbs and few Restios scattered in for a dark green contrast.
Making the news this week is the opening of Peter Zumthors Serpentine gallery – isn’t it just too boring for words – all this Swiss minimalism – it has some sensual appeal but don’t you think these statements are now passed their sell by date?
The Serpentine Gallery is delighted to reveal the plans for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by world-renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.
This year’s Pavilion is the 11th commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. It will be the architect’s first completed building in the UK and will include a specially created garden by the influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. Continue reading Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011→
Piet Oudolf is a master plantsman and “gardener” and an acknowledged expert at the art of creating perennial gardens hence his plantings for James Corner’s award winning “High Line” in New York and Kathryn Gustafsons “Lurie Garden” in Chigago and numerous other famous plantings in pubic and private gardens all over the world. Having been a disciple of his combinations of perennial plantings, his use of grasses and favoring a “natural” approach to allowing the plants to reflect all the seasons not only the flowering time. Many of these principals and techniques we have over the last 10 years striven to translate ito native (indigenous) planting with South African species.
So it is with great delight we see his talents and artistry acknowledged by being invited to install a garden at the Venice 2010 Bienniel: