I can’t offer you anything but links for this, but they are links worth following.
The background is the publication of Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf’s new book ‘Planting, a new perspective’.
The first link is the usual paean of praise for Piet Oudolf, which gives us the context: a Telegraph piece by Tom Stuart Smith called “The Dutch Master, the garden design genius of Piet Oudolf”
The stirrer is Robin Lane Fox in the FT, “Wild ideas lost in the Grass”
And in the red corner, fighting back, Noel Kingsbury’s blog post “Why does Robin Lane Fox have to drag his sexual fantasies into a review of a garden book?”
I’m not so sure about the balance offered by the link Noel includes to a blog post by Thomas Rainer, who appears to have rather lost his footing and also, perhaps, gone rather over the top. Facebookers can see the discussion James Golden started about this here.
Exciting times! What do you think about petunias and roses v grasses and new perspectives?
Anne Wareham, editor