- ISBN 9780500289464
- 29.00 x 22.80 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 200 Illustrations, 200 in colour
- First published 2011
‘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
‘Impressive, modern, mind-altering … the perfect tome to indulge deeper into Oudolf’s Dutch genius’ – English Garden
‘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
‘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
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.
Piet Oudolf 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 and Planting the Natural Garden, among other volumes.
Noël Kingsbury is an internationally known writer on plants and gardens, as well as a teacher and lecturer. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Garden and Hortus, among other publications. He is the author of over fifteen books, including The New Perennial Garden, which was a milestone in the application of the principles of plant ecology to planting design.