Hummelo A Journey Through a Plantsman s Life An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City and Lurie Garden at Chicago s Millennium Park Hummelo near the vil

  • Title: Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life
  • Author: Piet Oudolf Noël Kingsbury
  • ISBN: 9781580934183
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago s Millennium Park Hummelo near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year It is Piet Oudolf s home, his personal garAn intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago s Millennium Park Hummelo near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year It is Piet Oudolf s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available A follow up to Oudolf s successful Landscapes in Landscapes Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf, Anja, and their two young sons moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove heated farmhouse, in 1982 Text by noted garden author and longtime personal friend Noel Kingsbury places Hummelo in context within gardening history, from The Netherlands counterculture and nascent green movement of the 1960s, to prairie restoration in the American Midwest, and shows how its development has mirrored that of Oudolf s own outstanding career and unique naturalistic aesthetic Oudolf has long been at the forefront of the Dutch Wave and New Perennial Style movements in garden design, which have ecological considerations at their base His work stresses a deep knowledge of plants, eschewing short lived annuals in favor of perennials that can be appreciated for both structure and blooms in every season He is credited for leading the way to today s focus on sustainability in garden design The book will appeal to readers who favor beautiful, biodiverse, and ever changing plantings seed heads, grasses, sedges, and winter silhouettes They will be drawn into its pages by lush photography, often demonstrating how Oudolf views his own work, and providing rare glimpses into his daily life Short essays highlight important techniques, including scatter plants and matrix planting, and introduce other famed landscape designers Karl Foerster, Henk Gerritsen, Rob Leopold, Ernst Pagels, and Mien Ruys to create a full panorama of the movement Oudolf now leads.

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    1. When I met a friend for coffee recently I was reading this book when she arrived at the shop. She asked what I was reading and I showed her the cover — which she stared at blankly, the usual response of non-gardeners. Though the title page of the book includes the phrase, "A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life," you'd be hard-pressed to find a serious gardener these days who doesn't recognize the name of Piet Oudolf, the most famous gardener working in the world today, and his equally famous ho [...]

    2. I liked this book but had to return it to the library before I was finished. It's pretty long and though the subject matter is interesting to me it's not exactly a page turnerPiet Oudolf is one of my design heroes so it was interesting to learn more about his roots and process. I hope to finish the book at a later date Till then I'm giving it three stars with the definite potential for more.

    3. Clearly a man who thinks outside the box, Piet Oudolf describes how he has developed his gardening style. Lots of pictures of his house, gardens and nursery, Hummelo. Inspired by Karl Forster, a German gardener, he took those ideas and ran with them. Luckily the book shows lots of pictures of gardens he has designed, so it functions as a list of places that are now on my "short list" of gardens to go to.

    4. Inspiring. Perennial gardens. Curated "natural" settings. Mixing natives and horticultural plants. I wonder, though, whether one day folks will question the wisdom of mixing so many North American native plants into European landscapes. The creeping bellflower invasion in my yard shows the risk of importing Eurasian plants to this continent. I have taken a reading list from this book.

    5. 3 stars because I dislike Noel Kingsbury's writing. Love the photos even though many are repeats from other books, and the personal look at the life of this plant-kindred.

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