LDG and APLD joined forces in January to network and screen the documentary movie about Piet Oudolf. We had a wonderful turn out with over 60 members and guests enjoying the time together!
We started our time with both organizations offering help with online profile settings for the two organizations websites. Molly Scott, President of the DCMDVA chapter, https://dcmdva-apld.org/ and Julie Hawley, President of LDG, both encourage our members to update their member profiles and include photos of yourself and your projects. This online tool is very helpful to the public in searching for designers. Please update today!
Barbara Katz, LDG member and accomplished designer, graciously opened our film with a personal introduction of Piet Oudolf. She had the pleasure of working with Piet at the Delaware Botanic Gardens.
The film is still touring the country, check out additional screenings at https://www.fiveseasonsmovie.com/screenings/. Below are some of her comments.
Thomas Piper, an award-winning film maker, completed a documentary on New York’s High Line in 2012. During that time, he met the designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf..... and here we pause to learn the correct pronunciation of his name - pinch yourself - OW !!!..... Thomas was so impressed with Piet, the idea for a new project was born. This documentary immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to his theories on beauty and the ecological implications of his inspirational ideas.
Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see, what we have been unable to see.”
Through poetic cinematography and unique access, FIVE SEASONS gets inside Piet's head and takes us on a slow, meditative and melodic journey that reveals the magic and genius of Piet's gardens.
Super briefly, I brought Piet to a project in Delaware, the brand new Delaware Botanic Gardens .... some of you have been there. It was an extraordinary priviledge to work closely with him, while sourcing the required 65,000 plants for his 2 acre meadow, and while implementing the meadow in 3 phases. The depth and breadth of Piet's plant knowledge is truly awe-inspiring, and I learned so much. After you see the film, I think you will feel, like you too have come to know him just a little bit. So sit back, relax and revel in this gentle and evocative film, that helps reveal the essence of Piet Oudolf.
Special thanks to APLD for joining us!
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