Designers /Gardens/Organizations

Nigel Dunnett

Innovative ecological design, Sheffield University, England.

James Hitchmough

Research in the creation of naturalistic vegetation for use in urban parks and greenspace, Sheffield University, England.

Dan Pearson Studio

English landscape and garden designer/author with an international reputation for design and planting excellence.  Also, visit his online magazine Dig Delve.

Piet Oudolf

Dutch garden designer/plant breeder/author, the major figure in the founding of the “New Perennial Movement”, several public projects in the U.S.

Noel Kingsbury

English garden designer/author, co-authored several books with Piet, dedicated to the promotion of naturalistic garden design through ongoing science, research, and outreach.

Schau- und Sichtungsgarten Hermannshof e.V.

A place to see successful examples of new directions in planting design, especially in naturalistic planting style, focus on high impact-low-maintenance plantings, Germany. Piet’s favorite gardens.

Tom Stuart-Smith

English designer who specializes in making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity – eye-popping!

Le Jardin Plume

Outstandingly beautiful and innovative private garden along the west coast of France.

United States


Rick Darke

Author/photographer/lecturer and consultant focused on regional landscape design, planning, conservation, and enhancement.

Douglas Tallamy

Professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware.

Oehme, van Sweden

Washinton D.C.-based landscape firm whose work has paralleled the New Perennials Movement of Europe, since its inception early on. Innovative naturalistic plantings throughout the U.S.

Botanical Organizations/etc.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center

Introducing the people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. University of Austin, Texas.

Mt. Cuba Center

To inspire an appreciation of the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Hockessin, Delaware.

New England Wildflower Society

To conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes, Framingham, Massachusetts.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Maine’s premier botanical destination, Boothbay.

FOMB (Friends of Merrymeeting Bay)

A very active conservation/educational non-profit advocating for the preservation of Merrymeeting Bay specifically, and more broadly, the five rivers which flow into the bay – Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cathance, Eastern, and Abbagadasset.

Naturalistic Public Gardens

Garden in the Woods

A 45 acre “living museum” displaying a wide variety of common and rare native plants displayed in naturalistic settings, Framingham, Massachusetts.

The Highline

A public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. Unique Piet Oudolf planting consisting of a large proportion of natives in a mix with non-native plants, New York. Truly unique in the world of parks and planting design.

Lurie Garden

A public park located in the Loop Community area of urban Chicago, consists of several attractions including Lurie Garden, a large (2.5 acre) prairie style native/non-native planting designed by Piet Oudolf. Another complete original, Illinois.