Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf is an influential Dutch garden designer, nurseryman and author. He is a leading figure of the "New Perennial" or "New Wave Planting" movement, using bold drifts of herbaceous perennial plants and grasses which are chosen for their structure as much as for their flower colour (if not more so).

His books include Gardening With Grasses (1998) (with Michael King and Beth Chatto), Dream Plants for the Natural Garden (2000) and Planting the Natural Garden (2003) (both with Henk Gerritsen), Designing With Plants (1999) and Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space (2005) (both with Noel Kingsbury).

His list of design projects includes Battery Park (New York, 2003), ABN Amro Bank (Netherlands, 2000), Hoogeland (Netherlands, 2001), the Lurie Garden, a gigantic green roof over the car park of Millennium Park (Chicago, 2003 - with Kathryn Gustafson) and Scampston Hall (England, 2002-2003).

His own garden, at Hummelo, near Arnhem in the Netherlands, makes reference to traditional Dutch gardens in its use of neatly clipped evergreen hedges.

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