De Britse Society of Garden Designers (SGD) heeft Piet Oudolf bekroond met de Lifetime Achievement Award vanwege zijn uitzonderlijke bijdrage aan het groene vak.
Volgens de SGD heeft Piet Oudolf een fenomenale bijdrage geleverd aan de nieuwe, naturalistische manier van toepassen van siergrassen en vaste planten.
“From the age of 25, this plantsman has made a phenomenal contribution to new ways of thinking on naturalistic planting using grasses and herbaceous plants. Using all the sound principles of good Planting Design, his work sits comfortably in formal and informal settings, town and country, without losing any of the design integrity of structure and balance. From the Highline in New York to Pensthorpe Natural Park, from the Wisley borders to Olympic Park, his work is both impressive and intimate. His determination to find out more about his ‘performers’ by opening up a nursery and astutely observing his palette at all stages of development has taken Planting Design to another level of horticultural science and experimentation and has launched a whole new appetite in the industry for a wide range of quality herbaceous plants. His plant combinations, brought to life through his seminal books written alongside Noel Kingsbury, have fast-tracked many a fledgling designer to add something quite magical to their projects and made his lifelong research accessible to others.”
Het is de zevende keer dat de SGD de Lifetime Achievement Award uitreikt. Onder anderen Charles Jencks (2012), Beth Chatto (2014) en Christopher Bradley-Hole (2016) en Fernando Caruncho (2017) gingen Piet Oudolf voor.