awanay items | piet oudolf

Today we begin a new section: AWANAY Items. We will share with you everything that inspires us. From visual arts, to photography, music, architecture, design and anything that crosses our path and completely stirs us up.

We’ll inaugurate this segment with Piet Oudolf. An essential and leading figure in global landscape and garden design.

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He developed and became the main representative of the New Perennial Movement, a plant art concept first created by phenomenal dutch landscapers Mien Ruys, William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll during the 1990s.

This naturalistic landscape design centres around the use of perennial plants (not seasonal), enhancing the pure nature of plants in gardens. This novelty makes the gardens look startling throughout the whole year, adapting and naturally changing according to the season.

Throughout Piet Oudolf’s career, he expanded the movement and its concept by transforming it into a more artistic, organic, laid-back and ecological design, adapting it to the natural local biotope. There are no other elements than plants in his designs – no stones, wood, steel, sculptures or plastics – making it 100% natural and pure.

He also uses autochthonous and local wild plants and flowers by studying each environment and adapting the designs to it. Enhancing and mixing the natural textures, aromas, colours and wildlife of flora, his gardens echo and imitate the nature in its purest form. Now let’s go through some of his most inspiring works!

High Line (New York, USA)

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Hummelo (Oudolf’s Garden | Hummelo, Holland) 




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Wisley (Surrey, London) 




Pensthorpe (UK) 




West Cork (Ireland) 




Maximilanpark (Hamm, Germany) 

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The globally acclaimed horticulturalist published loads of books and media articles with insight into his landscape designs, including thorough details that anyone may apply to their garden. For Piet, gardens are in a constant dynamic changing process. This is why they aren’t made plainly to be looked at, they are designed to be appreciated through time and with a close connection involving all of our senses.

There’s a highly recommended documentary film about his works called Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf for anyone further interested. Here’s the sneak peak trailer to get you hyped!

As most of our readers must already now, at AWANAY everything related to nature fully inspire and motives us. It’s in the core of our identity. We admire the naturalistic design on Piet’s gardens, aiming for a laid back, completely organic yet thought-through, elevated style.


1st image: vía @pietouldolfmovie | All garden images from Pier Oudolf’s webiste


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