A Piet Oudolf Story – Landscape Designer of NYC High Line

A Piet Oudolf Story - Landscape Designer of NYC High Line


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Deborah Chud for a personal introduction to the design principles of the leading naturalistic landscape and garden designer in the world, Piet Oudolf. Anyone who has visited NY’s High Line or The Battery has seen his work, and it’s rumored Massachusetts may soon have its own example. During the talk she will discuss:

  • How she discovered Oudolf’s work and her research on his plant combinations
  • Her use of that research to create a garden in Oudolf’s style
  • The historical context in which he emerged as a landscape designer
  • Oudolf’s design principles, particularly his concept of structure and the special balance he creates between coherence and contrast

Deborah Chud is a Massachusetts landscape design consultant and educator with a special area of expertise–the work of Piet Oudolf.  You may not know his name but you may have seen one of his projects: NY’s High Line. Oudolf is arguably the pre-eminent landscape designer in the world today and a leader of the naturalistic landscape movement.  Within the past year, this presentation has been given at the following institutions and organizations: Mass Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), and Delaware Botanic Gardens. The latter two public gardens have Oudolf-designed sections. Deborah is currently collaborating with the education department of TBG on a multi-session online course to coincide with the restoration of their Oudolf Entry Walk.

This program is cosponsored by the Newton Free Library and the Newton Conservators.

Please register for this free virtual webinar through the Newton Library at https://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/event/7712597