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Piet Oudolf at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset

I happened to be near Bruton in Somerset at the weekend so popped in to see Piet Oudolf’s garden for the Hauser & Wirth Gallery Somerset at Durslade Farm. The farm buildings have been beautifully restored and transformed into a gallery space and restaurant set within the large perennial meadow that Piet Oudolf has created. There are apparently 26,000 herbaceous perennials made up of 115 different plants in ‘Oudolf Field’, which spans the space between the gallery and the Radic Pavilion where events are held. 

Being the beginning of November there wasn’t much colour but one of the features of Prairie planting is the mixture of grasses and seed heads provide interest long after the flowers have faded. I will have to go back in the summer (with a bit more preparation and a proper camera) to fully appreciate the combination of colours and shapes in their full glory but it still looked great in the winter sunshine. I especially loved the way the garden sits within the Somerset landscape and complements the farm buildings especially within the enclosed gallery courtyard.

A Louise Bourgeois Spider Sculpture in the inner cloister courtyard, where the old farm buildings meet the new…
A glimpse of the Radic Pavilion through the seed heads across ‘Oudolf Field’
Autumn perennials such as sedums were still looking good with the soft grasses
Views of the surrounding countryside from inside the Radic Pavilion
The proof that Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is one of the longest flowering…
The view across the meadow to the gallery