Dimensions: 160 pages, 11.26 × 9.7 × 0.76 in
Published: October 15, 1999
Publisher: Timber Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0881924377
ISBN - 13: 9780881924374
Read from the Book
Mysticism in the garden depends almost entirely on circumstances which are beyond your control, when the power of the elements combines with nature in the early morning, in fog, or at dusk, for instance to make you feel quite alone. You cannot plant to create mysticism, but certain plants will work best in mystical circumstances; they almost become people in your imagination, taking on human characteristics and attributes. You can imagine that they are looking at you or coming towards you. Mysticism may be a strange word to use with regard to a garden. It is best defined as a spiritual experience where one feels at one with the whole of creation, and hence at one with the divinity itself. The thirteenth-century German Dominican Meister Eckhart is one of the best-known Christian exponents of the same philosophy, while Sufis of Islam are also familiar to many. By turning the conventional view of gardening upside down, however, it is possible to create a vision of the garden which sees nature as supreme. The concept of the sublime has illustrated that it is possible to feel in awe of the garden, and it is only one step beyond this to see the garden as a paradigm of creation, and the human role within it as a minor one. Rather than controloing and taming nature, the gardener merely orchestrates living things that have their own rythems and processes, over which he/she has litle control. The mystic wants to feel as though he is an integral part of nature, the expression of divine
From the Publisher
Piet Oudolf''s gardens excite the senses and stir emotion with an approach to gardening that emphasizes form, texture, light, movement, and color. Designing with Plants is both inspirational and instructive-an informative and visually breathtaking study that shows readers how to create the same effects in their gardens. This paperback reprint includes four main parts. "Planting Palettes" shows the range of plant choice available in form, texture, and color. "Designing Schemes" shows how to combine these elements to create stunning and sculptural gardens. Through stunning photography, "Planting Moods" shows how to create a particular atmosphere. And "Year-Round Planting" emphasizes the importance of choosing plants that have value throughout the seasons.
About the Author
Piet Oudolf is among the world''s most innovative garden designers and a leading exponent of naturalistic planting, a style that takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. Oudolf''s extensive work over 30 years of practice includes public and private gardens all over the world. He is best known for his work on the High Line and Battery Park in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago''s Millennium Park, Potters Field in London, and his own private garden at Hummelo in the Netherlands.
Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. His doctorate in horticultural ecology from the University of Sheffield focused on the selection and management of ornamental perennials and he is still engaged in active research in this field. Noel is interested in combining natives and non-natives in ecological planting schemes and a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations that require minimal intervention from the gardener. He trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.
From Our Editors
There are many new innovations in landscape design to inspire the ambitious green thumb. Now you can consider a series of fantastic ideas in Designing with Plants. Piet Oudolf is the founder of New Wave planting, a naturalistic style of landscape design. Along with Noel Kingsbury, he explains this exciting form of design. Readers learn about forms, textures and colours of plants and what works well in a variety of settings with this guide, which also advises what to plant in the summer and fall, so you can design your garden accordingly.
"Designing with Plants by Piet Oudolf, is worth buying or checking out just for the photos of beautiful, casual gardens."