PIET OU­DOLF’S HUM­MELO

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Dutch gar­den de­signer Piet Ou­dolf’s High Line park, with its windswept grasses, scat­tered shrubs, and wild corn­flow­ers set along an old stretch of el­e­vated rail­way on Man­hat­tan’s West Side, has served as an in­spi­ra­tion for Coach ex­ec­u­tive creative di­rec­tor Stu­art Vev­ers, who walks to work along the ur­ban green­ery and even staged his Spring ’16 show there. Ou­dolf over­saw the plant­ing de­sign of the High Line, but his most in­trigu­ing project might be Hum­melo, the pri­vate gar­den that he and his wife, Anja, have cre­ated at their home in the Nether­lands. Nes­tled amid farm­land 20 miles east of Arn­hem, the gar­den has served as a botan­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory for Ou­dolf’s ex­per­i­ments. Watch­ing its evo­lu­tion has also fu­eled his in­ter­est in the prin­ci­ples of plant­ing, a sub­ject on which he has co-au­thored a book, Plant­ing: A New Per­spec­tive. His most re­cent vol­ume, Hum­melo: A Jour­ney Through A Plants­man’s Life, of­fers an eve­nen more in­ti­mate look at the in­ter­play of mood, struc­ture, and sus­tain­abil­ity in his de­signs.

Stu­art Vev­ers Coach Spring ’16

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