Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 18 for The Battery Conservancy’s 10th Annual Battery Gardeners Luncheon with special guest speaker Piet Oudolf! The Battery Conservancy is celebrating more than a decade of Piet Oudolf’s association with The Battery. Piet created the horticultural master plan for The Battery and with the planting of the Tiffany Woodland Gardens and Bikeway Gardens, The Battery Conservancy is nearing completion of his original vision. Piet will speak about his experiences designing gardens in the United States since 2000, and in particular the development of The Battery horticultural master plan.
About Piet Oudolf
In 2002, The Battery Conservancy recruited internationally acclaimed Dutch horticulturist Piet Oudolf and commissioned him to develop a horticultural Master Plan for The Battery. The 10,000 square feet of the Gardens of Remembrance were the first phase of Oudolf’s horticultural design, planted in 2003 and inspired by the Battery’s location overlooking 11,000+ acres of the New York harbor.
Based in the Netherlands, Oudolf was one of the first planting designers to introduce large-scale perennial plantings into public landscapes. He is known for establishing enchanting, inspiring and resilient landscapes utilizing bold movements of perennial plants and grasses. His style is one of texture, fragrance, and color, with a particular interest in seasonal variation, plant life cycle, and transformation over time.
Completed in 2005, the four-acre Battery Bosque features 60,000 square feet of new perennial gardens. These gardens compliment Oudolf’s work in the Gardens of Remembrance with a graceful mix of rugged prairie and woodland perennials. Oudolf will continue to advance his vision for the Battery’s horticultural master plan by designing the Tiffany Woodland Gardens and the Battery Bikeway Gardens.
All of The Battery’s gardens are maintained solely through the generosity of private donations. Your gift to the Annual Gardeners Luncheon goes directly to support the gardens and gardeners. The Battery Conservancy is most grateful to Battery Gardens Restaurant for underwriting the luncheon. Tables for 10 start at $5,000. Single tickets start at $500. As is The Battery Conservancy’s tradition, each guest will receive the gift of a handmade terra cotta pot from Tuscany, #10 in the series. To make a reservation, please contact Marguerite Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.344.3495