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Kwekerij Piet Oudolf

This is the private garden of a renowned author and planting designer: Piet Oudolf. Please follow the below link (to Piet Oudolf) for details of opening times. The word kwekerij means 'nursery'. Oudolf's  nursery was closed in 2011.

Broekstraat 17, Hummelo, Holland, 6999

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  • over 5 years by Tony Spencer 5 / 5

    Actually, "Kwekerij" means plantation.

    To clarify, Piet and Anja Oudolf's home garden is open on special grass days or "Grassendaggen" on a handful of weekends in the fall. In other words, you can't just come along and ring the bell!

    So for frustrated visitors like the two-star generals on this page, do a bit of planning prior to your visit. If the garden is not open, you will still have the opportunity to visit an astonishing nursery out back which is the living laboratory for Oudolf the plantsman and where he has trialed some of his most notable plant introductions.

    The garden itself, constantly changes, and is a place of such wonderment that years later, images of its beauty are still cascading through my mind.

    Simply put, there are not enough stars.
  • over 5 years by Robert Holden 2 / 5

    "Kwekerij" is better translated in this context as "nursery" as in plant nursery
  • over 5 years by Tony Spencer 5 / 5

    September 209 was my first ever visit to the dream garden of Piet and Anja Oudolf set near the village of Hummelo in the region of Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands.

    Twice each fall, the Oudolfs open their gardens to the public for Grassendaggen or "Grass Days"; The local Dutch citizenry come out in force for the event and to pick up perennials or specialist bulbs and hand-forged garden tools from local vendors at the Oudolf nursery out back. Why not? They're absolutely crazy mad for al things plants! Something we have in common.

    September is an ideal time to visit the garden to experience the prairie grasses and late-flowering perennials in their full fall glory. Beyond that though, it's an opportunity to experience Oudolf's design aesthetic at perhaps its most personal – this garden is surely the crucible of his artistry: a place of phantasmagorical beauty and sublime evocative power that presents shifting perspectives with each step you take. The weather that day was everchanging with gusts of rain and moments of quiet serenity.

    Background: Dutch garden designer and nurseryman, author, photographer, Piet Oudolf is one of the leading figures of the new perennial movement which sets forth a more naturalistic approach to planting design. Drawn from an intense observation of how various kind of natural plant communities flourish in the wild, he seeks to evoke a heightened feeling of nature in his plantings, the most famous of which can be found in urban public spaces like NYC, London and Chicago.

    It was a kind of pilgrimage that led me to his garden gate – to see and experience this place with my own eyes. I've previously visited a number of his gardens in North America – and on this same trip to Europe, I caught his Glasshouse Borders at the RHS Gardens at Wisley and Potter's Field by Tower Bridge in London.

    At Hummelo, still bedazzled after my visit to his garden out front, I introduced myself to Mr. Oudolf, after spotting him behind a tall screen of miscanthus by the nursery. He looked me in the eye, warmly shook my hand and graciously invited me, a stranger from Canada, into the heart of the conversation. For me, it was simply too fascinating to discuss plant matters with the man whose books have helped to reignite my love of plants and design. A few minutes into the conversation, my girlfriend's tap on the shoulder told me it was time to take our ride and return to Deventer where we were staying. What a diamond of a day!

    I've included a link to a photo essay of the day on Flickr.
  • almost 7 years by Veronica 5 / 5

    Piet Oudolf's garden is a treasure. Only open during his "grass days" in late summer and fall.

    The previous review is a bit idiotic. A 2-star review for a garden they didn't even see.

    Really! How generous. (No wonder they weren't let in).
  • over 8 years by Jan 2 / 5

    Take care! I went here on Ascension Day and they would not let me in, and the guide book had said nothing about it being closed! Luckily the nursery was open and we bought some good plants.

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Kwekerij Piet Oudolf, Holland Photograph ©
Kwekerij Piet Oudolf Photograph © Tony Spencer
Kwekerij Piet Oudolf, Holland Photograph © Tony Spencer