Internationally renowned planting designer Piet Oudolf has been appointed Visiting Professor of Planting Design at the University of Sheffield

Celebrated planting designer Piet Oudolf. Photo: University of Sheffield
Celebrated planting designer Piet Oudolf. Photo: University of Sheffield

He will mark the appointment by delivering a public lecture on Wednesday 23 October at the university. The lecture is free, but places are limited and only pre-booked tickets will be accepted. Tickets can be booked here.

Oudolf has transformed the profile and role of public planting design in urban landscapes over the past 20 years. He has shown that, when expertly designed and when the plant material is also expertly understood, it is possible to produce plantings that are robust, long lived, and manageable and which also have a dramatic, uplifting effect on urban people.

According to the University of Sheffield, Oudolf’s work ‘has challenged the beliefs that planting is a rather secondary factor in the design of urban places, and that the provision of generic greenery, based on structure and texture is all that is required for successful urban spaces’. He has done this, it adds, through a variety of projects in Europe and the US, including the Lurie Garden in Chicago and, most notably, the High Line, in New York.

Oudolf is currently working on a new planting design on the concourse that wraps around the London Olympic Stadium, ‘to complement and integrate with’ the Olympic gardens created by LDA.Hargreaves, Nigel Dunnett, James Hitchmough and Sarah Price.

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