Influential Designers: Piet Odoulf

The great Dutch plantsmen Piet Odoulfs landscapes are the garden equivalent of comfort food. A sort of contemporary interpretation of impressionism for the modern garden. Inspired and innovative, Odoulf's gardens rely primarily on the use of perennials and grasses. Structure is of primary importance with color taking a back seat. Contrast among the shapes of flower and seed heads, and how they change through the seasons, embody his style. Although the overall feel of his gardens is informal, a closer look reveals elements of formality and a recasting of classical geometry.

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  In Autumn, Odoulfs home garden in the Netherlands, with the wave hedge in the backgroud.

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  The wave hedge. 

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 Chicago's Millenium Park

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Many of the plants in Odoulf's gardens constantly change through the seasons.

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