Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

A film by Thomas Piper

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

Piet Oudolf & director Thomas Piper will appear at select screenings. 

New York, NY
June 13 - 19, 2018
IFC Center

Seattle, WA
June 15 - 21
Northwest Film Forum

Chicago, IL
June 15 - 21
Gene Siskel Film Center

Los Angeles, CA
June 29 - July 5
Laemmle Royal
Director Tom Piper in person June 29 at 5:10 and 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco, CA
June 29 - July 1
Yerba Buena Center for Arts

Berkeley, CA
June 29 - July 5
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
Director Tom Piper in person July 1 at 2:10 p.m.

Sebastopol, CA
June 29 - July 5
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol
Director Tom Piper in person July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

San Rafael, CA
June 29 - July 5
Smith Rafael Film Center

Camas, WA
June 29 - July 5
Liberty Theatre

Pasadena, CA
June 29 - July 5
Laemmle Playhouse 7

Hartford, CT
June 29 - July 5
Real Art Ways

Santa Fe, NM
July 13 - 19
Violet Crown - Santa Fe

St. Helena, CA
July 2
Cameo Cinema
Director Tom Piper in person at 7:45 p.m.

For more information about the film and the latest list of screenings scheduled around the country, please visit

For questions about further screenings or any question about the film itself, please email Five Seasons Film or Argot Pictures

Note: The Garden Conservancy is working with Piet Oudolf on a project in Chicago, but is not involved in either the production nor the distribution of this film. We are sharing this with our members purely as general information.

Here's what people are saying...

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively."
—Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Piet Oudolf's landscapes can draw the kinds of crowds more commonly associated with museum blockbusters than mixed borders."
—The Age

Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film
—Environmental Film Festival