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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

1h 16m Documentary 2017

Pioneering landscape designer Piet Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space and beauty in a lyrical documentary by Thomas Piper.

After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. The documentary, Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty and the ecological implications of his ideas.

Intimate discussions take place through the seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania.

Piper’s immersive and meditative film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England; a garden Oudolf considers his best work yet.

Roberta Ciabarra - Curator, Film

“_An elegant, poignant and unprecedented glimpse into the designer’s world and thoughts_” Gardenista


Thomas Piper


English, Dutch


United States

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