Hauser and Wirth

It was only seeing Hauser and Wirth on Gardeners’ World recently that I realised I’d never blogged beyond my Wordless Wednesday teaser last month.

Although a rather grey day, this was another bucket list garden, and despite it being the OH’s birthday weekend, I was indulged with a visit (although I did have to pay for lunch!)

Hauser and Wirth is a fabulous arts centre near Bruton in Somerset and was created from a number of historic farm buildings a couple of years ago.

Sadly, the gallery itself was closed on the day of our visit, but there was still amazing art work around the venue to enjoy.

Behind the gallery, Piet Oudolf has designed a 1.5 acre perennial meadow.  The garden exhibited the classic Oudolf approach to design, relying on contrasting forms and textures for interest, rather than clever colour combinations.

The view back to the gallery shows these interesting circular ‘plats.’  I really like these – they add a novel (and child friendly) dimension to what would otherwise have been a featureless path.

Looking the other was you can see the birthday boy himself!

There were numerous planting combinations that were just that bit different, and, as with another Oudolf garden, Scampston Hall (which I visited a couple of years ago), there was a comprehensive plant list, so it was good to be able to identify less obvious plants.

And of course, there were plenty of grasses.

So, thanks Hauser and Wirth, not only was it a great garden, but we also had a truly delicious lunch.

2 thoughts on “Hauser and Wirth

  1. Cathy

    I am glad you allowed us to explore more, Jen – I remember being teased by it before and thinking it was definitely a garden to go on my visiting list. The white border looks stunning

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  2. Christina

    I visited Hauser and Wirth twice this year and have to admit I was very disappointing; I thought it was Oudolfs’s least successful garden. Maybe it was because it is quite small in comparison to others I’ve seen and he didn’t plant it himself. Everything looked rather blocky rather than drifts with mingling. But lunch was delicious!

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