Lunch with Mark Cullen:
Saturday, April 27; 12:30pm; Fleming Restaurant (limited, ticketed event)
Film Screening: “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf”
On Friday evening (April 26, 2019) at 7:30pm, Ken Prue of “The Loft” cinema in Cobourg will be bringing the award winning documentary “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” to the lecture theatre at our show.
(USA, 75 min.)
Director. Thomas Piper
The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and summer is coming soon. The merciful respite from long, cold, Canadian winter is finally here. Why not go inside, sit in the dark, and admire nature?
Documentary film fans can take pleasure in the great outdoors and avoid the ticks, bees, and children with the refreshingly green Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. This relaxed, easygoing film profiles the work of gardener/horticulturist/designer Piet Oudolf and his work devising green space that endures all year long. The Dutch gardener shows off the tricks of his trade in this folksy documentary by Thomas Piper.
Five Seasons spans a year in Oudolf’s work from one winter to the next as he prepares a major garden installation at Hauser and Wirth Somerset, an arts centre in England. Oudolf demonstrates his process creating maps and prints for the layout of the garden, and he details the different plants and flowers that populate a diverse bed. (He estimates the garden will feature over 50,000 bulbs.) The work for this elaborate four-season bed of green inspiration offers the through line of the film as Piper observes Oudolf planning and overseeing the development of the garden in between trips that highlight his designs around the world.
A jaunt to New York, for example, spotlights his work in the city’s High Line—his most famous garden—a rail trail that offers a cut of green space through the city. This extended stretch of grass, flowers, and greenery reconfigures the image of public space in an increasingly dense city. One can sniff the freshness in the air with the revitalizing splash of nature in the concrete jungle.
Five Seasons offers a worthwhile lesson on the necessity of green space in public areas. Piet Oudolf invites audiences to do more than sniff the flowers: he tries to create relationships between people and nature to inspire audiences to care for their planet.
Read about: A recent award for this film
A viewer’s comment
Think fields, not gardens
1 July 2018 | by DennisMatthies
Every garden has its moments of beauty, but in general I would just as soon be walking on an isolated beach or through the woods, where I can experience infinite surprise, feel depth in every direction, and sense the presence of a master designer. Last night I saw a film that seemed to collect the best garden moments I’ve ever had (outside of Kyoto). It said to me: it’s less about self-conscious “gardens” in the spring and more about verdant fields year-round. The film, “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf,” might inspire your eyes too. Piet works mostly in Europe, but maybe on a trip I can take an extra day in NYC to see his planting on the High Line.