Opening Thursday, December 12th, at 6PM
Join us for a screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, with an introduction by Laura Ekasetya, director and head horticulturalist of Chicago’s Lurie Garden. Directed by Thomas Piper, the film immerses viewers in the work of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.
To watch the trailer, click here.
Laura Ekasetya is the director and head horticulturist at the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park where she works to maintain the integrity of Piet Oudolf’s perennial plant design. Laura enjoys stalking insects, birds, and other creatures that make the garden their home and is learning to identify the various birds that migrate through Chicago along the Mississippi Flyway. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and studied horticulture at Harold Washington City College of Chicago. Before joining the team at the Lurie Garden in 2017, she tended to perennials grown under research evaluation at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Lurie Garden in Millennium Park combines naturalistic plantings and ecologically sensitive maintenance practices to create an urban oasis for city dwellers and wildlife alike. The garden offers a four-season experience and pays homage to Chicago’s transformation from flat marshland to a city heralded for investing in extensive green spaces, or “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). Lurie Garden was designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. and Dutch planting designer Piet Oudolf, and opened in 2004.