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Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life
Piet Oudolf, Noel Kingsbury
The Monacelli Press, March 2021 (Expanded edition)
Paperback | 6-3/4 x 9 inches | 432 pages | English | ISBN: 9781580935708 | $40.00
An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Hummelo—near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands—is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available.
A follow-up to Oudolf’s successful Landscapes in Landscapes—Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf, Anja, and their two young sons moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove-heated farmhouse, in 1982. Text by noted garden author and longtime personal friend Noel Kingsbury places Hummelo in context within gardening history, from The Netherlands’ counterculture and nascent green movement of the 1960s, to prairie restoration in the American Midwest, and shows how its development has mirrored that of Oudolf’s own outstanding career and unique naturalistic aesthetic. …
Piet Oudolf is an influential Dutch garden and landscape designer at the forefront of the New Perennial movement and the author of numerous books on gardening and landscape design. He has constructed dozens of residential, commercial and institutional gardens and his projects can be found throughout The Netherlands, England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and the U.S. … Noel Kingsbury is an internationally acclaimed garden writer and the author of more than 20 books (including several with Oudolf), as well as a teacher, lecturer, and garden designer.
Three years ago, the feature-length documentary Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf was released. Coming three years after the first edition of Hummelo, written by Noel Kingsbury on the occasion of Oudolf’s 70th birthday, the book and film can be seen as the culmination of Oudolf’s career, tracing a trajectory from a super-local garden designer in the Netherlands to an international superstar in demand around the world. Consistent in the decades spanning from his purchase of an acre of land in Hummelo, a small village east of Arnhem, in 1981 to the publication of the book and the release of the film, have been Oudolf’s embrace of perennials and grasses, his wife Anja (first spread, below), and his network of friends and collaborators who share his enthusiasm for naturalistic plantings and gardens. As such, the creations documented in the book that takes its name from the Oudolfs’ home and longtime nursery are remarkably consistent, regardless of place and purpose.
* Syndicated content from A Daily Dose of Architecture Books.