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influential designers: dan pearson

Dan Pearson is first and foremost a great plantsmen. His approach to design is still evolving, and the emphasis on how many plants are used in a specific design is becoming more restrained. In the past, he may have used twenty different species for a particular design, and today he may only choose ten. As a part of the New Naturalism movement, he sets out to blur the boundaries between garden and landscape. 







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.


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


  The wave hedge. 


 Chicago's Millenium Park



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