Planting a new Piet Oudolf Garden

Planting a new Piet Oudolf Garden

The Oudolf Garden Detriot is the newest public Piet Oudolf project in the United States. As this site comes to life there is a renewed appreciation for the work, investment, talent, and team it takes to make these gardens. This amazing project began when the Garden Club of Detroit wrote a letter to world-renown garden […]

The Challenges and Rewards of Mapping the Naturalistic Garden

The Challenges and Rewards of Mapping the Naturalistic Garden

Maps that are rich in detail help us communicate the complexity and evolution of our dynamic garden. Lurie Garden is intended to be an ever-changing, dynamic planting. The evolving relationships between plant groups and their role in the overall design requires constant monitoring as well as deep historical and horticultural knowledge unique to this place. […]

How to Maintain the Initial Vision of a Landscape in the Midst of its Evolution

How to Maintain the Initial Vision of a Landscape in the Midst of its Evolution

The initial vision of a constructed space can be maintained as it evolves if the original creators remain involved to help steer changes. Landscapes in public spaces evolve through multiple influences. A site’s mission, funding, or management can shift this evolution. Community needs may dictate a site’s alteration as well as ever-growing environmental changes and updates […]

Breaking Ground: The Influence of Piet Oudolf’s Perennial Gardens

Breaking Ground: The Influence of Piet Oudolf’s Perennial Gardens

When one enters Chicago’s Lurie Garden or New York’s High Line, it is clear these are not traditionally cultivated gardens, nor are they prairies, woodlands, or meadows, where composition is left to the whims of natural forces. Rather, they are composed and curated landscapes that evoke a site’s ecological past, celebrate the best attributes of […]

Successful Design is Inspired by a Site’s History and Conditions

Successful Design is Inspired by a Site’s History and Conditions

For a landscape architect, “unique design” and “rare and unusual” are both, ideally, natural outcomes on any site – but only if a design team can successfully allow the rich history and conditions of the site to drive the design process. At the time of commissioning for the Lurie Garden, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) was […]