Nan’s recent post on the outstanding French garden, Le Jardin Plume, inspired me to flip back through my collection of back issues of Gardens Illustrated. Besides being a pleasure in itself, it reminded me of a particularly good issue from June 2008, which features a beautiful article on Piet Oudolf’s private garden, Hummelo.For so many of us, Oudolf has become a beacon of light and a designer of uncharted territories in the gardening world. He has received a great amount of publicity about his own garden and those that he has designed, both private and public. In the U.S., his work at Millennium Park in Chicago and The Battery Conservancy in New York City has left an indelible mark on how we perceive public gardening space: as not only inspirational but with a strong emphasis on plant selection.
On his website, you can see tons of pictures of his private garden and the projects he has designed. For more viewing enjoyment, check out his books; I use several of them continually as inspiration and resources.