Thursday, February 22, 2007
Piet Oudolf's Nursery
In October 2005 I visited Piet and Anja Oudolf's nursery to buy some plants. On their internet site there's an overview of the nursery and gardens. Information is also available in English and there are lots of pictures of some of the lovely gardens that Piet Oudolf has designed in the U.K., Sweden, the USA etc.
For me this nursery was a revelation: this is how all nurseries should look! All the plants that are sold there, are also on display throughout the nursery in borders and beds so that you can see how and where to use them. And of course, how much space they take up once they're mature, how high they get, whether they need some support etc. In short everything you would want to know about a plant before you buy it.
The nursery is a very inspiring place to be and needless to say I spent many hours there. Piet and Anja Oudolf were there to answer any question on plants you might have and every plant is sold with a label containing all the relevant information that you need. More detailed information on the plants can be looked up in maps that can be found in a sort of market stall that they have there.
There were many keen gardeners from Britain, Germany, Belgium visiting the nursery that day and of course the Dutch were there in their droves as well. I bought many lovely plants and plan to go back again this year.
In 2005 I didn't have the time to see Piet's private garden as I was too busy admiring his nursery and buying plants left, right and centre. So Piet's own garden is something to look forward to this year. That and buying some more plants.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.