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Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf

Directed by Thomas Piper

Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf still

US, 2018, 75 min, in English and Dutch with English subtitles

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively."

- Landscape Architecture Magazine


Immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and creative process

The San Diego Union Tribune


Village Voice

Makes lovely visual music.

Chicago Tribune

Reveals gardens you'd look forward to getting lost in.

Los Angeles Times

Anyone who relishes time in a garden will understand and cherish.

East Bay Times


SF Weekly

Those with a green thumb will be delighted to discover new ways to think about their gardens.

Santa Fe New Mexican


Los Angeles Times

Chock-full of spark and life .

La Weekly

Wonderful, quiet and meditative.

Santa Monica Daily Press

Gorgeous, meditative.

The Georgia Straight

Brimming with beauty.

It's Just Movies

Horticulturalists and all plant lovers will be mesmerized...

Film Journal International

An elegant, poignant, and unprecedented glimpse into the 73-year-old designer's world and thoughts.


Beautifully composed.

This Week In NY

Should delight and inspire anyone currently chomping at the bit to update their own gardens..

The Gate Magazine

An inspiring sensory immersion.

Hollywood Reporter

There is amazing beauty in it and in its creation; beauty that you may not see unless you stop for a moment to really look for it.

The Impatient Gardener

This movie unveils the intricate planning, and numerous collaborations, that are required to create a self-involving-and somewhat ephemeral-art work.


You load yourself up with beauty and you are transformed in your work.

Spirituality And Practice

A loving reverential work.

Architectural Record

Five Seasons a visually enjoyable visit to some of the amazing gardens Oudolf has designed..

Screen Fish


The Stranger

A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively.

Landscape Architecture Magazine

Pure delight.

The Planthunter

Some kind of magic.

Radio New Zealand