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Garden Day

Sat 21 Sep 2019, 10 am – 5 pm

Somerset

Join us in celebrating Oudolf Field and the natural world this September and embrace the positive impact the outdoors can have on our imagination and well-being.

We will host a series of garden-inspired talks in the Radić Pavilion, as well as horticultural workshops by specialists and enthusiasts in the Cloister Courtyard. Highlights from the day will include discussions from Hauser & Wirth’s artist-in-residence, Mike Glier and award-winning garden designer, Jinny Blom.

Jinny Blom is permanent artist-in-residence at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London and was awarded Woman of the Year in 2013, 2007 and 2002 for her contribution to society through her work. Blom will discuss therapeutic landscapes which focus on designing spaces for health. ‘Landscape gardening has always, for me, been a source of cultural, artistic, and philosophical depth,’ says Blom. ‘Gardens are a vital part of our collective cultural imperative.’ 

Mike Glier will discuss his recent ‘Abstraction in the Garden’ workshop. For the last two decades, he has focused on the human relationship with the environment. Glier states, “My landscape projects are propelled by a number of things, including the love of paint and abstraction, but most importantly, by a desire to do my part to help make the changes in philosophy that are required if humanity is to create a sustainable future.’

September is traditionally a period of bounty, when the year’s work reaches its culmination. Author and gardener, Rory Dusoir describes the autumn season in his forthcoming publication, ‘Planting the Oudolf Gardens at Hauser & Wirth Somerset’, released ahead of Garden Day on Thursday 19 September, ‘As a composition, the Oudolf Field is at its most complete in the autumn. Whether plants are green, in colour or have long since begun to decay, their forms are still intact, and their strength underpins our enjoyment of the garden in its full glory’.

In the evening, we have arranged a film screening of ‘Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’ at the Hauser & Wirth Recital Hall at King’s Bruton School, with an introduction by writer and gardening editor, Caroline Donald. Book tickets here.

Roth Bar & Grill will be open as usual, serving sustainable and seasonal produce from Durslade Farm and our Kitchen Garden.

Jinny Blom is an award-winning plantswoman and landscape gardener. Blom established her multidisciplinary design studio in 2000. Championing a team predominantly of women, they have created over 350 gardens across the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. She has also created gardens for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince Harry’s charities at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Blom has just completed the gardens for The Fife Arms in Braemar, Royal Deeside in Scotland with Manuela and Iwan Wirth. Her first book, ‘The Thoughtful Gardener: An intelligent approach to garden design’ (2017) has become an international bestseller.

Mike Glier has exhibited internationally at the ICA, London; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe; and Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston. The Drawing Center, NY; The Tyler Gallery, Temple University; and the Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany, NY, have sponsored national touring exhibitions of his work in the U.S. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and the Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. As the artist-in-residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset for 2019 – 2020, Glier will be studying Oudolf Field and the Somerset landscape to capture the seasonal changes of colour and motif.

Rory Dusoir decided to pursue a career in horticulture while studying for a classics degree at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked at Great Dixter as assistant head gardener prior to undertaking the prestigious Kew Diploma. He has also been head gardener at Howe Mill in Wiltshire and most recently Stud House in Kingston upon Thames. He has written on horticulture for the Daily Telegraph, RHS Garden Magazine and Gardens Illustrated, and has also contributed to two books; ‘Plant Users Handbook’ (2003) and ’Roses: A Celebration’ (2003). 

Caroline Donald is an author, writer and has been gardening editor of the Sunday Times since 2000, where she has regularly worked with, and interviewed, Piet Oudolf. Her book, The Generous Gardener: Private Paradises Shared (2018) is a collection of interviews, published by Pimpernel Press.

More details and full schedule for the day to be announced over the summer.

This is a free event but we recommend registering in advance to avoid disappointment.

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