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Why You Garden

Sometimes we need others to remind us that much of what we desire is, in fact, possible; all we need to do is dig down into our courage, embrace the unknown, and invite our creative minds out to play. It is then that we can access our infinite possibility and grow into the fullest expression of who we may yet be. Fran Sorin

Why You Garden

Sorin Cutting Garden

Your garden mirrors your soul. When your creativity is unfettered, you’re in full bloom.

In a state of silent exhilaration. Savoring each moment.

Abraham Maslow coined the phrase ’peak experience’.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it ’flow’.

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Piet Oudolf – An Interview

With the publication of Piet’s latest book in collaboration with Noel Kingsbury, Planting: A New Perspective, I thought it worth re-visiting a 3 Part Interview about Piet that I wrote in 2009. Fran Sorin

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When I first saw Piet Oudolf’s work several years ago, it startled and provoked me. Since that time, I’ve bought every book that he has written, and I return to them time and time again for inspiration and his unique understanding of plants. So, when planning a trip to Holland last spring, I was hopeful that I’d be able to visit Piet and his gardens and interview him. Continue Reading →

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How VIADUCTgreene – An Elevated Urban Garden – Is Going To Change The Face of Philadelphia

In the past few years since I first heard about VIADUCTgreene, it has gone from being a nascent organization with hopes of developing Philadelphia’s own version of The High Line to a pulsating, vibrant not for profit that is going to change the landscape of Philadelphia~ transforming it from being a terrific city into an extraordinary one.

Paul vanMeter is the visionary and force behind VIADUCTgreene. His love of gardening and history and his knowledge of garden making combined with what he experienced when walking the unused Philadelphia railroad tracks proved to be the perfect ingredients for him to give birth to what will be a garden like no other in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

A few words about Paul  – He is a landscape gardener whose work ranges from intimate private to expansive public places.  His passionate interests and lifelong studies of urbanism, landscape design, ethics and management, railroad history and culture have collided in his co-founding of VIADUCTgreene. – Fran Sorin

Can you describe what VIADUCTgreene is?

VIADUCTgreene creates a garden of intersecting culture and wildness along the soaring and submersive landscape infrastructures that are the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad 9th Street and City Branches.

photo courtesy of VIADUCTgreene

photo courtesy of VIADUCTgreene

VIADUCTgreene (VG) advocates for the creation of a linear gardenpark in Philadelphia along the former 9th Street Branch and City Branch of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad.

What was your inspiration for it?

So many wonderful postindustrial places turned garden!  From the Crowinshield Garden built over the ruins of the DuPont Powder works at Elutherian Mills in Delaware to the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass to Natur Park Südgelände in Berlin, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, also in Germany, the Promenade Plantée/Viaduc des Arts in Paris. I guess it nearly goes without saying the High Line in New York.  Friends of the High Line, organizationally especially, has been tremendously inspiring.

Photo Courtesy of VIADUCTgreene

Photo Courtesy of VIADUCTgreene

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Why Mien Ruys Is Thought Of As The Leader of The New Perennial Movement

**This article first appeared in Gardening Gone Wild, November 2010.

Mien Ruys, whose garden has influenced generations of well known designers, including Piet Oudolf and Jacqueline van der Kloet, is considered by many to be the leader of the ‘New Perennial Movement.”

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BREAKING NEWS – Oudolf rips out hedge shock …and the joy of pleasing the inhabitants of Bexhill-on-Sea.

Written by Noel Kingsbury

Click here to see Piet Oudolf’s iconic hedge last week.

This is how we are used to seeing it – the ‘curtain’ hedge at the back, as featured in books and countless magazine articles.

And here it is going into a shredder:

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