Jun 29, 2010
Century & Sensibility
HESTERCOMBE & THE HIGHLINE
Pairings are important. Some people think eating the "right" food with the "right" wine makes a great meal. Matching a landscape designer with a plantsman can also make a great garden.
The Jekyll/Lutyens duo live up to their reputations. Hestercombe is a duet. As good a plantswoman as Jekyll was, it is the container that Lutyens created for those plants that make the garden amazing. As I walked around Hestercombe, I was reminded of another duo right under my nose. Piet Oudolf, the plantsman of The Highline and Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm that recreated/invented the container for The Highline.
Oudolf/Field Operations pairing is another example of the melding of two intentions seamlessly coming together. The hardscape is a perfect evocation of the origins of a former railroad track and the planting design is both a memory and imaginative creation. This is the genuis of Oudolf.
These two gardens are about partnerships; partnerships that create a whole greater than the sum of the parts. As I begin my Fellowship with the National Trust/Royal Oak Foundation, I hope my partnership will be a reciprocal collaboration.