Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The new Seasonal Walk Chronicles website is an online first. The project is designed to track a conceptual landscape design as it matures and evolves over a full growing season. It revolves around a naturalistic, four-season garden design at the New York Botanical Garden by renowned Dutch designers Piet Oudolf and Jacqueline van der Kloet. Their new landscaping of The Garden's high-profile Seasonal Walk features sophisticated plant mixes and artistic interplay of form and color. Many are referring to the design as “pure genius.” The website is a destination and a teaching tool, featuring how-to sections detailing the designers' innovative planting techniques and their stellar plant combinations. It is designed for repeat viewing, with new chronicles and images added approximately every two weeks. Documenting the site are award-winning gardening professionals, writer Tovah Martin and photographer Rob Cardillo. Martin captures the plant and design interplay via evocative on-the-scene reports. Her chronicles also incorporate design observations from the two designers and hands-on notes from the New York Botanical Garden’s expert company of gardeners. Cardillo contributes lush images that visually documents the sophisticated design as it unfolds, including occasional unexpected contributions from Mother Nature.