You know how we’ve complained about the mainly absent gardening coverage in the paper of record? Well, there’s a new name in today’s Home and Garden section – a Sally McGrane, unfamiliar to me – and she’s covering someone and something worth writing about. That’s Piet Oudolf, the star of Europe’s so-called New Wave Planting movement, where ecology meets design. To Oudolf, a plant’s form and structure are more important than its color. He says the real test of a garden isn’t "how nicely it blooms but how beautifully it decomposes." Nice change from the "Make it Bloom!" school of gardening, huh?
Here’s the article and check out the slide show if you’re unfamiliar with his work. I just have one question. Oudolf is also sometimes called a founder of the sustainable gardening movement, but take a look at those perfectly sheared shrubs. Looks more like the Full Employment for Professional Gardeners Movement.