The world-famous landscape architect, and Dutchman, Piet Oudolf, designed the garden for the recently opened leading contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
I, Désirée from Trendbubbles, visited this location during my summer break in 2014.
Besides London, New York, Los Angeles and Zurich‘s Hauser & Wirth now perched in the small English town of Bruton in Somerset.
The collaboration with Piet Oudolf fits perfectly into this ‘outdoor' glamor world.
The gallery is situated in a romantic 18th century farmhouse ‘Durslade Farm' with 900 acres of land surrounding it.
The landscaper made a garden (4,000 m2) of meadow located behind the farm, as well as the terraces, gardens and plants around the completely renovated farm.
He used a smashing total of 30,000 perennials which can clearly be seen in the appearance of this garden.
The whole terrain has the appearance of excess, with an energy of which you realize that it is something unique you see.
The gallery offers more than 60 artists the opportunity to exhibit, including Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and the renowned Paul McCarthy.
The artists can use parts of the complex as a “rest area” for work or for getting inspiration.
The surroundings are beautiful and good to stay for a longer time, although it often rains.
As was the case during my visit.
Besides the fact that this is good for the garden, you might also say that this suits the atmosphere that is so typical of the British Countryside.
I made a big photo shoot, because I was stunned by this place.
About Piet Oudolf
The Dutch Piet Oudolf is currently one of the most famous landscape architects in the world. His work is inspired by art, nature and time. He uses a lot of grasses, herbs and natural looking plants, which he mixes in a way as if it appears that the plants have grown all by themselves.
Piet Oudolf was born in 1944 in Haarlem. Since 1982 he lives in the east of the Netherlands in the small town Hummelo, together with his wife Anja, where he had a nursery for perennials until 2010.
He said that he is sometimes recognized on the streets in Englend while this doesn't happen in the Netherlands.
This might have something to do with the fact that the British are bigger garden enthusiasts than the Dutch.
From July 15 till October 5, 2014, sketches of his famous gardens are exhibited at the gallery Hauser & Wirth: With the title ‘Open Field' by Piet Oudolf.
I think this is a great opportunity to experience his work and his sketches ‘live'.
You can see sketches of The High Line in New York, the “Future plants' for the Dutch Floriade, the Olympic Park and The Serpentine Gallery in London and of course the sketches for Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
From 14 September, the garden in the meadow benorth of the gallery will be open to the public.
As I write this blog, you can view only the garden from up close, but this does not make the sight any less beautiful.
It seems that Somerset, and in particular the place Bruton, currently has great appeal for artists, fashion people and other creative types.
You can feel the buzz.
Thus, reportedly, the British fashion designer Stella McCartney recently bought a country house in the area.
House prices have been low for years in this area, until a few years ago, when some people from the London creative scene discovered this beautiful area.
After which prices rose, although it is said that it is still not the highest prize that you pay to get here a magnificent mansion.
What I found is typical, is that in such a small town as Bruton, five schools are located, most of which are boarding schools.
The historical centre has an attractive appearance.
Actually it was the owner, of the renowned ‘At The Chapel', Catherine Butler, who along with her husband, furniture designer Ahmed Sidki, kicked off this growing interest in this town in 2000. She did this by converting a chapel in the village of Bruton, into a hotel, bakery and restaurant/bar.
What previously was a place where you could only find a pub for the locals has now turned into a hip local hangout.
At The Chapel also provides the restaurant and bar in the Hauser & Wirth gallery. The use of seasonal and local products is almost self-evident.
The vegetables, flowers and herbs that are used, are produced in the gardens.
The terrace has of a somewhat rustic-style roof and beautiful planters, with a diversity of plants, vegetables and herbs. The inside of the bar makes me think of a hip version of a countryside pub which is cool and dark, built from scrap, with heavy music where you can drink the locally brewed ‘Wild Beer Co.‘ beer.
On September 13, 2014 at 14:00 you can meet Piet Oudolf in person. Numerous of other activities take place in the gallery, where schools and groups are welcome too. A prestige world-class project, a must-go if you're nearby or just looking for a reason to go to Great Britain.
Oudolf published several wonderful books, including ‘Planting: A New Perspective ‘(2013); ‘Landscapes in Landscapes' (2011); ‘Gardening with Grasses' (1998); ‘Designing with Plants and Planting Design ‘(1999); ‘Dream Plants for the Natural Garden ‘(2000); ‘Planting the Natural Garden ‘(2003), and ‘ Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space‘ (2005).
For the theme ‘Art of the Garden: Designing Durslade', British garden designer and writer Tania Compton, will be in conversation with Piet Oudolf.
The talk with Piet Oudolf will be about how the creative process proceeds to come this beautiful garden through ideas, sketches and building it.
Offering everything from workshops on medicinal herbs, basket weaving, inspiring group visits, dinners with guest speakers and private parties for art collectors.
The gallery expects to receive the not so small number of 50,000 visitors per year.
Which all are allowed to enjoy the art and the beautifully designed garden for free.
On September 13, 2014 at 14:00 you can meet Piet Oudolf in person.
Numerous of other activities take place in the gallery, where schools and groups are welcome too.
A prestige world-class project, a must-go if you're nearby or just looking for a reason to go to Great Britain.
Bruton Somerset BA10 0NL
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
A planter stuffed with chard, and tomatoes.
The Paris studio Laplace designed two wings to the original building, in the courtyard is Louise Bourgeois‘s Spider, 1994 © The Easton Foundation Neon words: Martin Creed's Work no.1086 Everything Is Going To Be Alright, 2011 Subodh Gupta, Untitled, 2008
Paul McCarthy, Ship Adrift, Ship of Fools, 2010-2011
Giant pompon: untitled: GIG, 2014, Installatie detail, ‘Phyllida Barlow
All photos are taken by Désirée Castelijn-Boes with permission after asking on the premissis.