Piet Oudolf: Plantsman for all seasons

July 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM Leave a comment

Piet Oudolf: Plantsman for all seasons.

Piet Oudolf, a towering Dutchman with a shock of white hair and the bronzed, weathered face of a man whose workday is spent under the wide-open sky, stepped back to study the prairie stem rising up from the meadow that is Millennium Park‘s Lurie Garden.

It’s an eye-catching silhouette, this giant of horticulture homed in on one little amsonia, that sky-blue star that bursts from its straight-back stem. It’s as if you are watching a painter step back from the canvas, making sure that dab of blue is just as he wants it.

It has been seven summers since that blue — and the rest of the Lurie’s palette — first unfurled, but Oudolf is, above all, a plantsman for all seasons.

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