From drawing to planting
It is not often that you get the chance to study in close-up a designer's sketches and drawings, displayed alongside one of their gardens in full flower. The autumn 2014 exhibition of Piet Oudolf's design drawings at the Hauser & Wirth gallery at Bruton, Somerset, set against the backdrop of the newly planted Oudolf Field, was a unique opportunity. The freshness and vibrancy of the drawings was inspiring, and seeing the design for Oudolf Field translated into reality on a glorious October day brought the sketches to life. What came home to me is that the organic, free-flowing nature of the drawings gave a preview of what to expect from the planting.
Do go and see the garden for yourself, there are old favourites and new plants to discover (I loved the various Sanguisorbas and can't wait to try them out!). On the big scale: large masses of plants, a flowing calming layout, vibrant colour, lots of movement from grasses… and on the smaller scale the wonderful detail of the more delicate plants, the texture of the grasses and the impending seed heads. It's going to be fun revisiting the garden as it matures, and seeing it at different times of year.
Posted 29 January 2015
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