UK practice and Piet Oudolf collaborate at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
The prestigious new gallery and arts centre Hauser & Wirth Somerset features a landscape designed by local landscape practice PU+H Landscape Design Consultancy in collaboration with celebrated master plantsman Piet Oudolf.
International gallery owner Hauser & Wirth has restored and developed a derelict farm complex in the village of Bruton into a vibrant new cultural centre with a ‘dynamic and extensive’ prairie-style meadow.
Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf was commissioned to design the landscape concept and planting, with PU+H – as interface designer and landscape project manager – realising the project. Together, they ‘sought to turn the gallery’s landscape into an expectation-defying experience’.
With specialist herbaceous nursery, Orchard Dene, PU+H grew almost 30,000 perennials to create Piet’s intricate planting scheme. Many exquisite rare plant varieties were grown from seed and cuttings ‘to perfectly fulfill Piet’s vision for the large perennial meadow and secret hidden cloister garden’.
The scale of the project has been ambitious and PU+H have worked with skilled local craftsmen to carefully restore the original features of the farm, from repairing crumbling dry stone walls and using reclaimed field stone from the farm fields for the track ways, to recreating traditional Somerset-style ironmongery, and seeding the margins with wildflowers of local provenance.