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Webinar: A Piet Oudolf Story with Deborah Chud

Wed, June 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

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Piet Oudolf – Pensthorpe

Piet Oudolf has gained international renown for his imaginative plant­ings and a style that he calls naturalistic planting design. Oudolf gardens feature the plants that he has found to be the most dependable, disease resistant, and easy to maintain.

Oudolf plant combinations are legendary. The Oudolf style calls for drifts of grasses, perfectly appropriate perennials, and structure plants.

One of Oudolf’s design strategies is to include many plants that bloom late, look good as they go to seed, and are 2-3′ or taller to stand up above winter snow. The result is a garden that looks just as appealing in fall and winter as it does in spring and summer.

Gardeners and designers look longingly at Oudolf’s gardens when perusing his many, beautifully-illustrated books. But Deborah Chud yearned for more. With a keen interest in creating gardens for her newly built contemporary home, Deborah Chud embarked on a five-year journey that has resulted in an in-depth knowledge of Oudolf designs and an unprecedented understanding of what makes Oudolf’s gardens so mesmerizing.

Join us for a glimpse into Deborah Chud’s:
Piet Oudolf Story. The first half of this presentation traces Deborah’s discovery of Oudolf’s work, her research on his plant combinations, and her use of that research to create a garden in his style. In the second half of Deborah’s presentation, she examines the historical context in which Piet Oudolf emerged as a landscape designer and provides an introduction to his principles of landscape design.

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Deborah Chud is a retired Massachusetts physician turned landscape design consultant and educator. Her five years of research on Piet Oudolf have generated the most comprehensive existing database of his plant combinations. Last summer, she presented her work at an international symposium organized by Noel Kingsbury (“Piet Oudolf: How Does He Do It?”), under the aegis of She has also presented to members of the following institutions and organizations: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, Toronto Botanical Garden, and Delaware Botanic Gardens. The latter two public gardens contain Oudolf-designed sections. Currently, she is collaborating with the education department at Toronto Botanical Garden on a multi-session online course to coincide with the restoration of their Piet Oudolf Entry Walk.


Wed, June 30, 2021
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
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