Saturday, February 5, 2011

Garden Club Lecture: Mon. Feb 7, 2011

(In scrolling through email in-box, I noticed that we neglected to include Monday's Garden Club Lecture in the latest pipeline listings. All info and photos, below, submitted by Doug Wood of the Wicker Park Garden Club. If anyone would like to attend this lecture and write about it, let me know. Send your story by Tuesday at 5PM to streetsofwicker@hotmail. Unfortunately on Monday night I am sitting at the computer attempting to put together Tuesday's pipeline, thus unable to cover Monday night events).

Monday, February 7 – 7-8:30 PM - $8
Wicker Park Field House – 1425 N. Damen
Reservations-Limited Seating - $8 - Pay at Door or (773) 278-9075

Piet Oudolf’s Landscape Designs
His Predecessors, Colleagues, and Contemporaries

Julie Siegel
Former President of
Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association

View Piet Oudolf’s Work at

"All my work is related to trying to recreate spontaneous feeling of plants in nature. The idea is not to copy nature, but to give a feeling of nature," Piet Oudolf, Dutch Garden Designer.

His distinctive style – a thoughtful evocation of nature that emphasizes the form, texture and natural harmony of plants as they change over time – is the result of more than three decades of observing and working with plants, especially perennials. Oudolf has designed public and private gardens in Holland and Germany, Sweden, Britain, and in the United States. His American gardens include Gardens of Remembrance in New York City, for 9/11 at Battery Park in New York City, as well as the planting design of the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. Oudolf designed the Lurie gardens with Kathryn Gustafson and Robert Isreal.

Julie Siegel will first anchor Oudolf in respect to his predecessors and colleagues: Mien Rhys, Beth Chatto, and Henk Gerritsen. Then she will look at some of his contemporaries that practice and educate in the context raised by Oudolf’s approach: Noel Kingsbury, Scott Ogden, Lauren Springer Ogden, and Roy Diblik. She will discuss how this relates to us in our own gardens.

Fine Gardening Magazine describes Julie as having combined her background in dance, animation, architecture and writing with her love of plants to create gardens that are full of energy and speak to the larger regional aesthetics. Being raised by a photographer and a painter
guaranteed Julie’s creative sensibility.

Her decades of teaching and public speaking developed strong communication skills and independent thought. These have become essential tools for assisting clients in transforming the abstract ideas that eventually become manifest as landscapes. Julie’s involvement with various community, environmental, and social projects links her professional activity with her humanitarian beliefs.

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