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An Afternoon of Inspiration
ILCA and Midwest Groundcovers Welcome Piet Oudolf

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. To be added to the wait list, please email with full contact information. You will be contacted in the order received if a spot opens up before the event.

One afternoon will change your view of landscape design forever.

  • Learn how unconventional plant choices transform neglected plants into perennial superstars.
  • Let world-famous plant breeder and garden designer Piet Oudolf be your guide to turn preconceived notions of landscape design upside down.
  • Soak in lessons that will put your customers' landscapes worlds apart from your competitors.
  • Leave this lecture inspired to look at plants through the eyes of a designer, world traveler, and visionary.

Quick Links

The event has been moved across the street to accomodate more attendees.

Date and Location
June 6, 2011
12:30pm - 4:30pm
The Lodge at Brewster Creek
Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Route 25, Saint Charles, Illinois
(630) 444-3064

Cost and Registration

The fee is $50 per attendee. You can also attend + receive a copy of Piet's new book "Landscapes in Landscapes" for $115. Piet will do a book signing following his lecture. Space is extremely limited and reserved for the first 60 registrants. Registration includes light refreshments, the lecture, and a garden tour (weather-permitting). ILCA and ILASLA members receive the member rate. Employees of ILCA member firms are considered members.

  • $50 Registration (ILCA & ILASLA Members only, guest of ILCA-ILASLA members receive the member rate)
  • $115 Registration + Piet's book "Landscapes in Landscapes."

Online Registration Form
Printable Registration Form (PDF)
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. To be added to the wait list, please email with full contact information. You will be contacted in the order received if a spot opens up before the event.

About the Program


  • Registration: 12:00-12:30pm
  • Welcome: 12:30
  • Piet Oudolf Lecture: 12:45-2:30 (including Q&A)
  • Book Signing and Break: 2:30-3:00
  • 3:00-3:15 attendees who wish to attend the garden tour may drive across the street to Midwest Groundcovers to park. Attendees who do not wish to take the tour may head home.
  • Garden Tour (optional): 3:30-4:30pm

A leading figure in the New Wave planting movement, Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Form and texture are valued as much as color, and perennials-- prized for their beauty throughout a natural life cycle--are used almost exclusively. Oudolf challenges conventional approaches to gardening that rely on short-lived bursts of color and constant maintenance and shows the delights of working with versatile, expressive perennials to create lasting, ecologically sound panoramas that relate to the greater landscape and the shifting seasons.

The lecture will examine where Piet Oudolf finds the inspiration for his landscape designs. Piet will speak about his travels in search of new plants, the people he encounters along the way, and where he finds inspiration from nature. Piet’s unconventional plant choices have transformed many neglected plants into perennial superstars. A number of his projects will also be highlighted. You will leave this lecture inspired to look at plants through the eyes of a designer.

About the Instructor

Piet Oudolf: is an influential Dutch garden designer and plant breeder. He has constructed dozens of residential, commercial, and institutional gardens during a career that has spanned thirty years. His projects can be found throughout The Netherlands, England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the United States, and he often collaborates with internationally known architecture and landscape architecture firms including Field Operations and fellow garden designers such as Kathryn Gustafson and Tom Stuart Smith. He is the author of Designing with Plants (Conran Octopus, 2009), and Planting the Natural Garden (Timber Press, 2003), among other volumes.

Born in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Resides in Hummelo, The Netherlands. Piet is principal of a landscape design firm in Hummelo in the eastern part of the Netherlands. He has been responsible for some of the most famous landscape design projects spanning the globe.

International and National Projects

International Projects

The Netherlands

  • A planting design for the Mahlerplein under the authority of the Amsterdam City council (1999).
  • A public and rehabilitation garden at the Reumaverpleeghuis in Rotterdam (2002).


  • Art project in the Gräflicher Park at Bad Driburg in commission of Thomas Kellein, curator of the Kunsthalle at Bielefeld (2009)
  • Ruhr 2010, an art manifestation creating gardens in two sedimentation tanks together with GrossMax landscape architects from Edinburgh, Scotland.


  • 'Drömparken' in Enköping near Stockholm in Sweden (1996).
  • A planting design for the new gardens in the Trägårdsföreningen, a central park in Göteborg. A harbour promenade design in Sölvesborg, an old town in the south of Sweden (2009)
  • A public park in Skärholmen, a suburban area in south-west Stockholm (2010).


  • Pensthorpe waterfowl trust in Fakenham, Norfolk (2000), revised in 2009.
  • A four acre walled garden at Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire (2000).
  • An 2 hectare large site in a historic landscape park near Stoke on Trent (2005).
  • A planting design for 'Pottersfield', a small park on the board of the Thames next to the Tower Bridge with GrossMax landscape architects from Edinburgh (2007).


  • A two acre private landscape garden in West Cork (2006).


  • Entrance for the botanical garden in Toronto with Martin Wade landscape architects (2006).

United State Projects

New York

  • A master plan for 'The Battery' at the tip of Manhattan in New York, together with Saratoga landscape architects. Creating the 'Gardens of Remembrance' and the 'Bosque' (2003-2005).
  • Planting design for the ‘High Line’, with Field Operation landscape architects, architects Diller, Scofidio+Renfro(2009).
  • Planting design for Goldman Sachs new headquarters with Ken Smith landscape architects (2009)


  • Millennium competition for a garden downtown Chicago with Landscape architects Gustafson,Guthrie and Nichol from Seattle. (2001)

Nantucket Island

  • A 14 acre residential design together with Field Operations.(2007)


  • 2000: A Gold Medal and the title Best in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show in London for a garden he designed with Arne Maynard, commissioned by Gardens Illustrated.
  • 2002: The Gold Veitch Memorial medal by the Royal Horticultural Society with recognition of services given in the advancement of science and practice of horticulture.
  • 2004: Award for Excellence in Design from the art commission of the city of New York.
  • 2009: Dalecarlica Award 2009 given by the Swedish Park commissioners for the valuable contribution and inspiration to the development of park and garden art in Sweden.
  • 2009: 100 most creative people for 2009 by internet magazine ‘Fast Company’
  • 2010: By the Association of Professional Landscape Designers the award of distinction in recognition of that individual’s unique contribution to the profession of landscape design.
  • 2010: Lucy G.Moses Preservation Award. In recognition of the planting design for the restauration of the High Line.
  • 2010: European Garden Award for the contribution on Trentham Gardens,Stoke on Trent, England and the High Line, New York, USA


  • With Noel Kingsbury:
    ´Designing with plants´
    ´Planting Design´
  • With Michael King:
    ´Designing with Grasses´
  • With Henk Gerritsen:
    ´Dreamplants for the Natural Garden´
    ´More Dreamplants´
  • ‘Landscapes in Landscapes’
    will be published in March 2011



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