It finally arrived. ‘Landscapes in Landscapes‘ by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury. I’ve been waiting for it for months: it has been released at the end of may and then I’ve ordered on Amazone US. The book runs through Oudolf’s most significant projects from present and past. Summary descriptions and loads of stunning pictures. It is structured as you start from small area projects and goes on wider and wider projects. ‘Il giardino delle vergini’ at the Venice biennale 2010, ‘The battery’, ‘The high line’, RHS garden at Wisley are a few examples that I now can remember. The funny thing is they published the original drawings too. Some of them look like a modern art painting. I really enjoyed this book.
I took the pictures in this post in 2009, when we went to Hummelo and visit Oudolf’s private garden (open to public) and the nursery tended by Mrs. Anja Oudolf, now retired.
I’ve read they ripped out the original waves-hedge recently, apparently for waterlogging issues, as for my box hedge last winter. Anja Oudolf retired and they closed the nursery which was behind their house.
Apparently they are now re-thinking all the area previously intended for the nursery and I’m very curious to see what they’re up to this time. I think Piet Oudolf is really an artist, before he is a landscape designer or architect or whatever. His works are amazing and very significant, when you happen to walk in a place designed by Oudolf you really feel inside an artwork. Now I don’t know what kind of weeds are handled at the Oudolfs but surely it’s good stuff for inspiration: God bless Amsterdam!
Breaking news on the stab-lab: the guys were right, they came and go and the raw floor is done. The house is slowly but inexorably going on. I see the light… I see the light at the bottom of the tunnel!