PIET OUDOLF’S HUMMELO
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