I spent the first few minutes with this book wondering how they ever determined which of these high-powered plantsmen would have his name first on the cover. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20050916 We are enthusiastic about the 'new approach' to ornamental landscaping presented by Oudolf and Kingsbury ... practical advice, beautiful photographs ... Bravo, bravo, bravo! HortIdeas 20051201 His writing is so honest and opinionated ... even when Oudolf is writing a straightforward directory of plants, his personality shows through. -- Amy Stewart North Coast Journal 20060209 Excellent as an advanced course in Oudolf's "New Wave" planting movement that advocates choosing plants that are in harmony with the surrounding landscape, are well adapted to the native soil and growng conditions, and that will develop beautifully over time. American Gardener 20060501 Planting Design stands apart from many other garden design books because the authors have wisely and graciously included extensive plant lists. The book is a feast for the eyes. -- Mary Ann Newcomer Idaho Botanical Garden 20060101 Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury have accomplished quite a feat with Planting Design - they have written a gardening book that tackles theoretical questions and the practicalities of gardening with equal aplomb. -- Erin Kappeler Horticulture 20060901 These two men bring their extensive knowledge of horticulture and sustainability to the realm of public design in an attempt to further the creation of contemporary landscapes that offer beauty and change instead of the often sterile public landscape. This is a thought-provoking book that will stimulate your mind and your imagination. -- Bobbie Schwartz Buckeye 20061101
About the Author
About Piet Oudolf 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 specific design purposes. His style is the result of the influence of various horticultural traditions such as the combination of Dutch formality and naturalistic planting styles. Oudolf has designed gardens in Holland and Germany, and a public park in Sweden. In the UK , he has created a much-publicized garden in Hampshire and is about to embark on a wildlife park in Norfolk. His own garden and nursery, opened with his wife in 1982 near Arnhem, Holland, has become world-famous. It has appeared in magazines such as Gardens Illustrated, House and Garden, The Independent, Perspectives, and Maire Claire Maison. Oudolf is also the subject of a chapter in Page Dickey's book, Breaking Ground, which profiles ten of the world's foremost contemporary garden designers. He collaborated with garden designer Arne Maynard to create the garden showpiece "Evolution", which was awarded the illustrious Best in Show and a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2000. Oudolf also partnered in 2000 with Kathryn Gustafson's design team from Seattle, WA to win the design competition for the monumental Millenium Garden, the new focal point for the heart of Chicago. About Noel Kingsbury Noël Kingsbury is a leading expert in contemporary naturalistic planting design. He contributes regularly to Hortus, Homes and Gardens, The English Garden, and the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine, The Garden. He occasionally writes pieces for other magazines and newspapers including Financial Times and Country Life. Noël lectures regularly in the United States at places such as the Seattle Flower Show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Rochester Civic Garden Center. Noël is a well-known writer on plants and gardens. He has always been firmly in the vanguard of new developments, playing a major role in popularizing a more naturalistic and sustainable planting style. He wrote Designing with Plants with designer Piet Oudolf and is associated with the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield as part of his active involvement in promoting quality planting in public spaces. A lover of wild spaces and wildflowers growing in their natural environment, Noël emphasizes growing gardens in a way that expresses this passion. He is especially fond of the way plants group naturally when left to their own devices. Noël loves discovering good examples of large-scale, natural-style gardens or plantings that clearly evoke nature. He is pleased to be part of the naturalistic planting movement and believes that "Gardening for myself and for a lot of people is an opportunity to be close to nature."