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December 11, 2013
Media Contact: Adam Woodruff
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Mr. Woodruff is best known locally for his exceptional seasonal displays at the Pierre Laclede Center and The Plaza in Clayton. His award-winning landscaping at the Bank of Springfield garnered widespread media attention, and a grand, prairie-style residential landscape in central Illinois is featured in Rochelle Greayer’s new lifestyle book published by Timber Press, to be released in 2014.
While residing in Marblehead, Mass., Mr. Woodruff maintained a business presence in the metro St. Louis area. At the same time, a shift in his business model afforded him the opportunity to travel widely in North America and Europe, where he toured naturalistic gardens, attended flower shows and participated in lectures and workshops.
“Adam Woodruff is a creative young designer, whom I first met in 2009,” says Piet Oudolf, the internationally renowned garden designer and author, acclaimed for his work on New York City’s High Line and Chicago’s Lurie Garden at Millennium Park. “Adam is eager to learn about the way we see gardens today. He travels extensively for inspiration, engaging with other leading designers. His work with tropical plants and more recent forays into naturalistic design confirm his talent.”
Mr. Woodruff’s work is informed by nearly twenty years of experience and a background in Botany. He strives to connect his clients to nature and the larger landscape while creating a rich, evocative experience for them.His projects cover the spectrum, from intimate residential gardens to large and sophisticated commercial properties.
“I have a passion for plants,” says Woodruff. His imaginative designs are stylized interpretations of nature, where plants are artfully blended in new ways. His plant palettes are diverse, ranging from lush seasonal displays of bold tropical foliage and high-impact annuals to soft prairie-inspired plantings that blend natives, ornamental grasses and perennials.
His interest is not purely aesthetic though; Mr. Woodruff’s plant selections and design solutions arise from a clear understanding of his clients’ needs and the unique characteristics of their site. His designs are thoughtfully conceived and orchestrated with a mind toward longevity, sustainability and predictable maintenance.
Says Bill Ruppert, Executive Director of the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis, “Adam is a uniquely gifted designer. He utilizes a diverse and exciting palette of durable plants that respond to the rigors of the lower Midwest environment. His approach to design and plant selection is significantly benefited by Adam’s hands-on experience maintaining a variety of landscapes in our region.”
Mr. Woodruff’s work has been featured in Horticulture magazine, Consumer Reports and St. Louis Magazine AT HOME. He also has been published in Fine Gardening magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and several trade journals. He is a frequent contributor to Designers on Design, the blog of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
"Adam Woodruff is a creative young designer, whom I first met in 2009. His work with tropical plants and more recent forays into naturalistic design confirm his talent. Adam is eager to learn about the way we see gardens today. He travels extensively for inspiration- touring gardens around the world, attending professional seminars and engaging with other leading designers."
Piet Oudolf, Internationally renowned garden designer, plantsman & author
Image credit: Siv Stagman
Hermannshof, Piet Oudolf & Gardens of the Northern Dutch Provinces (Part I)
In late June I traveled back to Europe for what turned out to be one of the most inspiring experiences of my professional career. My trip centered around a Gardens Illustrated tour of the Northern Dutch Provinces, lead by Noel Kingsbury and his dynamic wife, Jo Eliot.
The tour began with a day-long planting design workshop at Piet & Anja Oudolf’s home and private garden in Hummelo. About twenty-five designers and avid gardeners from around the world attended the workshop (the first of its kind). We traveled on together for the next six days where we explored gardens and talked plants. It was quite special, connecting with people who share a passion for naturalism in planting design, in a part of the world where the style was perfected.
I arrived a couple of days early to take in Hermannshof, a botanical garden in nearby Weinheim, Germany and to have a day in the Oudolf’s garden without distraction. The two photos sets below document the pre-tour experience.
Hermannshof is a place to see successful examples of new directions in planting design, especially in naturalistic planting style. The plant combinations are inspired by plant societies in nature.
Cassian Schmidt leads the Hermannshof’s team with the following objectives: (1) investigating the competitive relationships between plants with different growth and site conditions, (2) design of plant combinations that are of high aesthetic appeal because of harmony and contrast of colors and shapes, (3) the establishment of permanent plantings with a low maintenance and a long-lasting appeal.
The Oudolf’s garden never disappoints! This visit was extra special though. I had not experienced the garden in summer, only fall. The light was nearly perfect. Grasses, like Deschampsia, Sporobolus and Panicum give the fall garden a specific ethereal feeling. In summer, however, before the grasses bloom or are at an early stage of bloom, the underlying perennial structure is more evident. I spent close to 8-hours documenting this sophisticated tapestry of intermingled plants. Piet’s work is living art!
Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury’s new book is Planting: A New Perspective and speaks to the art of intermingling plants.
My next post in this series will include photos from the Gardens Illustrated tour.
OUDOLF GARDENS IN SWEDEN (PART II)
Wednesday, I visited one of Piet Oudolf’s early public commissions. Drömparken (Dream Park) is located in Enköping, a 45 minute train ride from central Stockholm. The garden was originally laid out in 1996 and enlarged in 2002/2003. Paths meander through large panels of perennials- 220 varieties. Tall, clipped beech hedges punctuate garden and provide architectural interest. A blending of three Salvia varieties creates a river-like effect as it flows from the center of the garden to the water’s edge (an innovation we see used to great effect in Oudolf’s later work at the Lurie Garden).
OUDOLF GARDENS IN SWEDEN (PART I)
On Tuesday, I visited Skärholmen, a suburb of Stockholm where Piet Oudolf designed a small public park. Perennpark (perennial park) is located in the heart of residential apartment complex, just a short walk from the city center. The park consists of a stylized meadow, seating areas and unique water feature. It is a popular thoroughfare for pedestrians and bicycle traffic.
In 2008, I designed a naturalistic landscape for a client’s residential property in rural central Illinois. A 15,000 square foot garden now envelops the home and compliments the beautiful pastoral setting. The house is sited on a natural ridge with views of grassland and timber. Substantial grading was required to create level planting areas around the house and existing pool. Perennials and natives were woven through a grassy matrix to create a visually dynamic display. The design successfully blurs the junction of the wild and the domestic to provide four seasons of interest for my client’s enjoyment. (Note: the images above were captured the week of June 10, 2013. More images- http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamwoodruff/sets/72157634076440052/).