Month: September 2018

Festival’s two garden films promise to bud for pleasure

From Thursday, Oct. 11 to Sunday, Oct. 14, the Chesapeake Film Festival will celebrate the burgeoning of film on screens all over Easton, St. Michaels and Cambridge, Md. With nearly 50 films flourishing in the area, two will thrill anyone who loves gardens and gardening. The first to delight the garden devotee will be the screening of “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf.” After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. “For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation,” says Oudolf. “You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.” Intimate discussions take place through all four seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests...

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