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For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes – nature, or the longing for nature.
WEDNESDAY 6 NOV 6.30-8.00pm $30
After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new documentary project was born. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.
The film features intimate discussions taking place through all four seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands. As well, it visits some of the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including West Texas with its desert wildflowers, and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. The film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.
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 reveals and celebrates that vision.
Note that Garden Marlborough will also be presenting a winter screening of Five Seasons in Blenheim on Wednesday 7th August at 6.30pm. Both screenings will include a glass of Rapaura Springs wine.