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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580932924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580932929
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Piet Oudolf is an influential Dutch garden designer and plant breeder at the forefront of the New Perennial movement. He has constructed dozens of residential, commercial, and institutional gardens during a career that has spanned thirty years. His projects can be found throughout The Netherlands, England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal and the title of Best in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show for 2000, the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for 2002, an Award for Excellence in Design from the City of New York for 2004, and the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in 2010. He is the author of Designing with Plants (Conran Octopus, 2009), and Planting the Natural Garden (Timber Press, 2003), 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. The New Perennial Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2006) was a milestone in the application of the principles of plant ecology to planting design.

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I am a huge fan and admirer of Mr. Oudolf and I love this book.
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Matrix planting produces a more natural look but requires a chef's knowledge of its ingredients and is most effective on a large scale.
Alan Chandler
Piet Oudolf gives an unstructured effect within the design with stunning results.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alan Chandler on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are a Piet Oudolf fan - this is a book to add to your collection. Produced in a stylish glossy magazine format it contains photographs and sample planting plans, from a broad range of his commissions for private and public clients. Visual images and partial planting plans, some in centre-fold style double-page spreads, give a flavour of each commission, alongside text which sets the planting in context. However, you will not find sufficient detail to explain how to do it or to see the visual effect of combinations identified in the planting plans. The images and detailed plans do not relate to each other. For some people, this will restrict the book to a 'nice to have' coffee table glossy. You have to study the plans, some with a magnifying glass,and re-read the text carefully to understand and appreciate what is going on in the various projects. If you are dedicated you can pick apart Piet's designs. It's extraordinary to see quite how structured they are yet look so natural.

The book reads in order of project size, starting with the smallest and progressing to the largest. But if you delve into the chronology, what becomes apparent is Piet's progression over time from perennial plantings with grasses used as accents; to plantings today consisting of 75% grasses with a few forbs; moving from planting in blocks, to blocks blended drifts and islands with scattered accent plants, to matrix planting with accents in thematic schemes.

The change appears to date from 2004 - Lurie Garden, Chicago when Piet first used blocks and drifts with accent plants using a large percentage of local wild flora - a departure from his normal plant palette. There is also a meadow feature using a matrix planting of grasses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lrjohn3 on January 8, 2014
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Not technical by any means, but a wonderful book of images and sketches illustrating the complexity of the plans and the eventual impact of the landscapes.
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By teresita eggers on June 30, 2014
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The book shows a wide range of Piet Oudolf projects, from the beginning of his work. Fall and spring gardens, specifying for each project species and colors, also shows the planimetry of his works.
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By Inés Paullier on October 24, 2013
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I dont have this material in my country, but we have mostly the same grasslands.
Piet Oudolf is the best matching colours
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By Enkianthus on August 13, 2013
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Amazing resource as I am a landscape architect
Really enjoy his work and methodology. It captures the seasons and is environmentally friendly as well.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna Williamson on November 27, 2012
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I love this book. The photos are great but the ideas are better - if you want to design, or work in design, get this book.
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