Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf

2017, Thomas Piper, USA, 75 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 15th 2:15pm
  • Fri, Jun 15th 6:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 15th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jun 16th 6:15pm
  • Sun, Jun 17th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 18th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 19th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jun 20th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 21st 8:30pm
Chicago premiere! Thomas Piper and Laura Ekasetya in person!

"You might liken his plant compositions to the frenetic glory of his countryman Willem de Kooning, except the fury is replaced with a dense, living canvas that never seems to lose its serenity." - Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively." - Jennifer Reut, Landscape Architecture Magazine

Five seasons in the gardens and career of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, creator of Chicago's acclaimed Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, are traced in this lush documentary that blooms with details of Oudolf's other high-profile projects including Manhattan's High Line and the waterfront Battery Gardens. Beginning with an autumn walk through the designer's own sprawling but intricately planted garden in the Dutch village of Hummelo, the film conveys his deep and thoughtful appreciation for botanical life in all its seasons. Oudolf cites Lurie Garden as the turning point in his development as a designer, a project that propelled him to new thinking about ecology and the use of native plants. As the designer undertakes a major new project for a gallery and arts center in southwest England, seen from start to finish, he seeks inspiration from nature in locations including the gloriously bluebonnet-covered hills of West Texas. DCP digital. (BS)

Friday 6/15 at 7:45 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by director Thomas Piper and moderated by Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist of Lurie Garden. Attendees will receive a Daelmans stroopwafel.

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