Dutch Landscape Designer Evokes Wild Places for Human Inspiration

Since the 1990s world-renowned Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf has been transforming drab and lifeless places into magical havens that evoke the wild and stir the imagination in all of us. He uses native grasses and flowers in designs for new parks, abandoned railway lines, and other public projects.

Oudolf believes people need greenery; he has been especially interested in bringing a bit of nature into urban settings. The Lurie Garden in Chicago, for example, is located over an underground parking lot. His ideas can also be applied to other settings, such as school and church grounds, and even private yards. Here is a video in which Oudolf explains his design philosophy while taking the viewer on a journey through his personal garden.

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