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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf


Being new to the parish of gardening and gardening history, I’m always keen to learn more. So last Saturday I took myself off to an afternoon at the Nano Nagle Centre in Cork where there was a screening of this fascinating documentary Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. The film gives a wonderful insight into the Dutch garden designer’s philosophy and approach to planting.

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Who said what about gardening and wrote it down?

“Between my finger and my thumb / The squat pen rests  / I’ll dig with it.”    Seamus Heaney, Death of a Naturalist, 1966

The next best thing to gardening is reading about it. And some gardeners write very eloquently about their craft. This blog is a tiny sample from a few of those who sometimes exchanged the spade for the pen, planting seeds for thought.