Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury

Piet Oudolf Vlinderhof Garden

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Course Description

Learn key planting design principles on an exclusive tour of Piet Oudolf's Vlinderhof garden.

**Course available to pre-book today - classrooms open 31 January 2022**

Piet Oudolf's planting design appears to break a fundamental rule of design – 'less is more'. We try to crack this conundrum.

Learn about Piet's plant selection at a key time of year, just as summer's flowering tips over to autumnal colour and winter seed heads.

Understand planting design principles that can be applied on a large or a small scale.

Appreciate the consistently natural look and feel of the plant varieties Piet has chosen.

Learn about how the artistic principle of tonal depth is created by light and dark.

Learn how the 100+ plant varieties of this planting masterpiece can be divided into three categories: Key Plants, Companion Plants and Surprises.

See how Key Plants are chosen for their long season of good structure and are repeated creating a strong sense of rhythm and visual unity.

See how other plant varieties are added for additional impact, even in small numbers, to keep up interest and create surprises.

Get an overview of essential maintenance tasks from the garden's volunteers.

Course outline

  • Key planting design principles

    Piet Oudolf & Dr Noel Kingsbury will teach you how to understand planting design principles that can be applied on a large or a small scale.

    You'll learn how to choose plants for seasonal structure and how to create planting surprises with the plant varieties you include.

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  • The Expert option

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    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury

    • Start course anytime from January 31st 2022
    • 1 week tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 1 assignment marked by Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury
    • Certificate of completion
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 1 lesson with expert video & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    $199
    Start anytime from January 31st 2022
  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course anytime from January 31st 2022
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 1 lesson with expert video & notes
    • 1 course assignment
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    $69
    Start anytime from January 31st 2022

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    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
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    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
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    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury

Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury - Gardening

Piet Oudolf’s landscapes are as peopled as they are planted. Folks flock to them, whether it’s the High Line in New York, the meadows at Hauser & Wirth’s art gallery in Somerset, or the Olympic Park in Stratford, to name a few.

Alys Fowler, The Guardian
"Structure is the most important component in a successful planting; colour is important too but it is a secondary consideration"

I looked at landscape gardening as a career alternative to my family business of catering. I'm probably best known as the landscape designer from the Netherlands! And I consider myself along with Noel Kingsbury as one of the leading figures of the ‘New Perennial’ or ‘New Wave Planting’ movement, using bold blocks of perennials and grasses to create Prairie style designs. My wife and I first opened a nursery in Hummelo, the Netherlands back in the 1980s, this is where my planting style emerged with strong block-type groupings based on structure and texture as much as colour. As my design style progressed I have focused on the perennial meadow, mimicking nature in my planting style. Nature is my biggest influence.

It comes as a surprise to some people that I'm also an early adopter of some technologies. I love using my iphone to capture videos and photos as I work. I have a large presence on instagram, and I'm excited to share my work through teaching on Learning with Experts. Dr Noel Kingsbury and I have been collaborators for over 25 years, and Noel will be with you in the classroom marking your work, while Noel and I developed and filmed the course materials together. We are planning more courses over time here too. I hope you enjoy your online courses with me.

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