Q&A with Piet Oudolf, the Planting Designer for the High Line

piet-oudolf-winter Winter on the High Line is a wonderful time of year to experience Piet Oudolf's vision for the park's planting beds. Photo Courtesty of Piet Oudolf

Today’s Home & Garden section in the New York Times has an insightful Q&A with Piet Oudolf, the world-renowned garden designer from the Netherlands. Oudolf is the mastermind behind the High Line’s one-of-a-kind landscape design.

For Oudolf, the birth, life, and death of plants are an essential park of the landscape design, transforming a garden’s landscape in color and texture throughout the four seasons. In keeping with Piet Oudolf’s vision for the High Line, the park’s plants are left in their natural state year-round, rather than trimmed back at the onset of cold.

During the colder months on the High Line, the absence of foliage reveals shapes and textures that are not as visible during other times of the year. Now is the time to visit the park to view the wintery landscape before we begin High Line Green-Up, the annual preparation of the planting beds for spring.

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