2019 Contemporary

Landscape Planting Forum

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Dr.Piet Oudolf


      A seminal figure in the “Dutch New Wave” which sought to achieve a balance between nature and culture in the design of urban landscapes.  Piet Oudolf was born in 1944 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Since 1982, he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, where he started a nursery with his wife Anja, to grow perennials. His garden has since become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design. Oudolf also co-founded Future Plants, a company specialising in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas. Piet has designed more than 50 projects around the world. His recent projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Among which, the most iconic project is the planting design for the New York High Line,  a 2.3 kilometre long former elevated railway which has become the worlds most visited urban space.  Piet is also a successful author, having published 8 books on his planting design, including “Planting: A New Perspective” (2013); “Landscapes in Landscapes” (2011); and “Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space” (2005). In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim, and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for developing radical ideas in Planting Design (2012) and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award (2013).  He has won the European Garden Award, a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal and title Best of Show, the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society, Award for Excellence in Design from the art commission of the city of New York, and the Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, etc.. This is the first time that Piet has spoken on his work in China.