the hedge as masterpiece, by master piet oudolf
MY GARDENING LIFE STARTED with a hedge—cutting one back hard, specifically. It was the threadbare, tall old privet surrounding my childhood home, and I was determined to “rejuvenate” it, after reading about the process in a book. No artful hedge has ever been created by my hands, though—a fact that feels all the more lamentable after watching Sean Conway’s video tour (above) of designer and nurseryman Piet Oudolf’s garden in the Netherlands. What magic.
Eager for more, I visited Oudolf’s own site, with its slideshow-style homepage…then dug around deeper, uncovering photos of natural places that inspire him, and rich image galleries of the influential plantsman’s work by noted photographers.
Who knew that a “trip” to Holland would prove a highly recommended virtual escape from winter?
- More from Sean Conway, longtime Target spokesperson, can be found on his Cultivating Life site, the companion to his television program.
- Piet Oudolf’s Flickr photostream, including many shots of his garden.