They succeed handsomely in presenting a clearly-reasoned approach to design. (Garden
If you want to understand the medium in which garden making of the future is going to work, you can find it all here in the illustrations. Oudolf is held to be one of the great horticultural innovators (Fred Whitsey Daily Telegraph
Due to the continuing interest in the subject, its superb illustrations, and informative text, it has become a classic. (Lancashire Magazine
About the Author
Michael King is a distinguished garden designer, writer and photographer. He has contributed many articles to magazines for both amateur gardeners and professional landscape architects. Recurring themes are planting design and the role of contemporary gardens in society.
Piet Oudolf is a native of Holland and originally studied to be an architect. Instead of designing buildings he became the founder of New Wave planting, a movement which takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. As a plantsman, his aim is to emphasize the form, texture, and natural harmony of plants, and as a skilled plant breeder, he creates new varieties for these and other design purposes. He has designed gardens in Holland and Germany, and a public park in Sweden. The garden he designed with Arne Maynard for the Chelsea 2000 Flower Show won the Best Garden Award. His own garden and nursery near Arnhem, Holland, has become world-famous.